Dust explosion sparks wood pellet factory fire in NZ

Fire crews put out a large fire caused by a dust explosion at a factory near Taupo on Tuesday night.

The fire service says local crews went to the Nature’s Flame factory in Rotokawa after an alarm was triggered about 9pm.

The factory makes wood fuel pellets.

Fire service spokesperson Jaron Phillips says a large explosion occurred as some of the crews arrived, setting fire to two hoppers full of sawdust.

At the fire’s peak, a dozen fire crews were at the scene from as far away as Rotorua and Turangi.

Mr Phillips says no-one was in the building and there are no reports of injuries.

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Fire crews have contained a large fire that began after an explosion in sawdust at a factory near Taupo.

Fire Service spokesperson Jaron Phillips says local crews went to the Nature’s Flame factory, which makes wood fuel pellets, in Rotokawa after an alarm was triggered on Tuesday night.

Mr Phillips says as some of them arrived, a large explosion set fire to two hoppers full of sawdust inside the factory.

At the fire’s peak, a dozen fire crews from as far away as Rotorua and Turangi were at the scene.

Mr Phillips says no-one was in the building and there are no reports of injuries.

Nature’s Flame’s is owned by the state-owned enterprise Solid Energy but has been operating as a stand-alone company since last year.

Solid Energy said in May it was trying to sell the business.

via Radio New Zealand : News : National : Wood pellet factory fire contained.

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