Fire crew quickly douses blaze in as­phalt tank at by­pass work site

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY REGION -

An as­phalt tank used in con­struc­tion for the Regina By­pass caught fire Thurs­day.

At ap­prox­i­mately 7:30 p.m., Regina Fire & Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices re­ceived a call about an as­phalt tank on fire on the Trans-Canada High­way near Pinkie Road.

“We had a mal­func­tion on a heater that started a bit of a fire in our as­phalt tank and we im­me­di­ately con­tacted the fire depart­ment. They came and ex­tin­guished it,” said Gar­rett Doyle, area man­ager for the Regina By­pass.

Crews were on scene by 7:45 p.m. and quickly ex­tin­guished the fire us­ing a dry pow­der ex­tin­guisher.

“The guys spot­ted it pretty quick and then the pro­to­col is that we call the emer­gency ser­vices to deal with it,” Doyle said.

The tank con­tained bi­tu­men, which is a thick kind of tar fuel. It is mixed with stones while hot to make as­phalt, which is then spread onto roads.

The tank is a mo­bile unit and is out of com­mis­sion un­til it is in­spected and cer­ti­fied for use again. It is owned by a sub­con­trac­tor work­ing on the By­pass.

We had a mal­func­tion on a heater that started a bit of a fire in our as­phalt tank and we im­me­di­ately con­tacted the fire depart­ment.

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