Area crews respond to industrial fire

"...it was a roof and stacked cardboard boxes that caught on fire, and other storage boxes that were in close proximity." - Terry Martin

Fire crews were called to the scene of an industrial fire early Wednesday morning.

Retriev Technologies, formerly known as Toxco Waste Management, was the site of what, at first glance, appeared to be a sizeable structure fire.

Once the smoke cleared and Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue was able to visually examine the rubble, the fire appeared to have originated from cardboard boxes that were stored under a metal roofed awning.

“We received quite a few calls from people who were driving by because flames of an outside storage area were visible from the highway,” explained Terry Martin, regional fire chief.

“It looked like a structure was on fire. But once we started knocking down the flames, we realized it was a roof and stacked cardboard boxes that caught on fire, and other storage boxes that were in close proximity. That’s where the flames were from.”

Steven Robinson, Retriev Technologies operations manager, told the Trail Times “a small fire originated in the post-production storage area,”

Although the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Robinson added, “there was no release that would adversely affect either the environment, our neighbours or our employees.”

Firefighters from Warfield, Trail and Montrose responded to the early morning call out, and stayed at the site for about three hours.

Martin maintains that following previous fire-related incidents at the plant, which is located in Area A of the regional district, Retriev Technologies has worked with the fire department to improve fire safety and safety aspects at the job site.

“We followed our operational guidelines and were fortunate to have so many people in town who could respond,” Martin said. “All calls are treated the same because it’s all about protection of people, the surrounding neighbours and our guys.”

No injuries were reported, or structural damage to the company’s main building.

Activities at the recycling facility resumed normal operations by 10:30 a.m.

“The safety and well-being of our employees, contractors and neighbours is a top priority,” Robinson added. “We are committed to take whatever corrective actions are necessary to help mitigate the risk of similar incidents in the future.”

Retriev Technologies operates a lithium battery recycling facility that began as the Toxco plant in 1992.

The facility takes in and recycles used batteries to recover zinc, manganese, lithium and other elements.

Just Posted

Photo courtesy of Mercer Celgar
Mercer Celgar to install new technology thanks to $4.5 million in federal funds

Project features process to improve fibre processing and address regional fibre availability issues

Asian clams versus native B.C. clams comparison. Photo: Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
Invasive Asian Clams found in Pend D’Oreille River

Watercraft users and anglers are urged to clean, drain and dry gear

The KBRH Gratitude Mural by Tyler Toews was unveiled at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital on June 9. L-R: Kala Draney, third year med student, Dr. Scot Mountain, Diane Shendruk from IH, Dr. Carolyn Stark, Dr. Sue Benzer, Dr. Kristen Edge, James Brotherhood, Dr. Dennis Small, and Dr. Sue Babensee. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay Boundary doctors offer a healthy dose of goodness with Gratitude Mural

Its red ribbon is in the shape of a heart rising above a Kootenay Boundary mountain scene

A cougar, or cougars, went on a killing rampage at a small Fruitvale farm. Photo: Thomas S. on Unsplash
Cougar euthanized after taking out small animal farm in Fruitvale

Wildlife interactions, poachers or polluters should be reported to RAPP at 1.877.952.7277

The Trail Smoke Eaters will open the 2021 season on Oct. 8 against the Cranbrook Bucks in Cranbrook, and will have their home opener the next night against the same Bucks. Photo: Jack Murray
BC Hockey League announces 54-game schedule to begin in October

Trail Smoke Eaters open season with home-and-home series versus Cranbrook Bucks

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
VIDEO: Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens as Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents the province’s latest budget, April 20, 2021. The budget projects $19 billion in deficits over three years. (Hansard TV)
B.C. government budget balloons, beyond COVID-19 response

Provincial payroll up 104,000 positions, $10 billion since 2017

Ocean debris is shown on Long Beach in Tofino, B.C. on April, 18, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Shoreline cleanup finds COVID-related trash increased during height of the pandemic

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup reports litter from single-use food packaging nearly doubled

Doctor David Vallejo and his fiancee Doctor Mavelin Bonilla hold photos of themselves working, as they kiss at their home in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Doctor Vallejo and Doctor Bonilla suspended their wedding in order to tend to COVID-19 patients and in the process Vallejo got sick himself with the disease, ending up in an ICU for several days. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Love, sacrifice and surviving COVID-19: one couple’s story

COVID hits Ecuadorian doctors who delayed wedding to treat sick

St. Joseph's Mission site is located about six kilometres from Williams Lake First Nation. (Photo submitted)
Williams Lake First Nation to search residential school site for unmarked graves

St. Joseph’s Mission Indian Residential School operated from 1886 to 1981

Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lotto Max jackpot goes unclaimed again

42 of the 64 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million were won, the majority were sold in Ontario

FILE - This July 6, 2017 file photo shows prescription drugs in a glass flask at the state crime lab in Taylorsville, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Contaminants in generic drugs may cause long-term harm to DNA: B.C. researcher

Scientist says findings suggest high volume overseas facilities require strict regulation

Restaurant patrons enjoy the weather on a patio in Vancouver, B.C., on April 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Labour shortages, closed borders major obstacles to B.C. restaurant, tourism restarts

Industry expert says it won’t start to recover until international travellers can visit

Most Read