One injured in blast at oil site in Canada's Alberta

Kerry Williamson, a spokesman for Alberta Health Services, confirmed that a victim was in "serious but stable" condition.

One injured in blast at oil site in Canada's Alberta

World Bulletin / News Desk

An explosion at an oil site in Canada's Alberta province on Tuesday left one person seriously injured and forced police to evacuate the facility, officials said.

The fiery blast occurred shortly before 2:00 pm (2000 GMT) at the Mildred Lake site, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the province's oil capital Fort McMurray, said Syncrude, a subsidiary of Suncor, Canada's largest oil company.

"We can now confirm one injury as result of this incident. The employee was transported to the hospital," the company said.

Police have not yet been able to determine the cause of the explosion, and were evacuating non-essential personnel from the site in Canada's oil sands region, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Wood Buffalo said in a statement, urging people to avoid the area.

Operations at the Mildred Lake site were halted in 2015 due to an explosion that didn't cause any injuries or deaths, the Fort McMurray Today newspaper said. 

The site was also closed last year when giant forest fires ravaged the entire Fort McMurray area, forcing the evacuation of 100,000 people and numerous oil facilities.


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