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Red Deer worker injured in blast, fire

A worker was taken to hospital with minor injuries after a small explosion and fire at an oilfield company shop in Red Deer’s Edgar Industrial Subdivision at 11:05 a.m. on Monday.

Red Deer Emergency Services were called to the Halliburton shop on Edgar Industrial Close to aid a man who had been working on an electrical panel inside. The man suffered minor injuries due to a small explosion and fire that occurred while he was working on the panel, said Platoon Chief Mark Wakey of Red Deer Emergency Services.

Other workers in the building were able to put the fire out, said Wakey.

The worker was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre for treatment, he said.

Occupational Health and Safety investigators at the scene have determined that the worker was changing a 30-amp fuse for the shop’s pressure washer when there was an electrical arc in the panel, said communications officer Lisa Glover.

Investigators were still at the scene on Monday afternoon.

While there was an electrical outage inside the building, it did not affect neighbouring customers and was not related to a power outage in other areas of the city on Monday morning, said Electrical, Light and Power Department manager Jim Jorgensen.

Power went out in Riverside Meadows, Fairview and parts of Oriole Park and Highland Green at about 10:05, said Jorgensen.

The problem was traced to a transformer in a substation in Riverside Meadows, he said. However, the cause had not been determined and was still being investigated on Monday afternoon, he said.

Power was restored to some customers within 30 minutes and fully restored to the rest of the areas affected by 11:15, he said.

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