A worker in Alberta was hospitalized Wednesday after a flash fire broke out while he was cleaning an oil tank at a terminal owned by Husky Energy.

Two men working for Davco Welding, a local subcontractor, were cleaning an empty tank when the blaze broke out, the Edmonton Journal said.

An unnamed man in his 20s was taken to Edmonton hospital for burn injuries to his hands.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene shortly after the explosion and extinguished the fire.

Paul Sigworth, a man working near the tank when the fire started, said there was “billowing black smoke coming from the actual tanks.”

A section of the tank farm near the terminal was evacuated and Calgary-based Husky halted operations at the Hardisty facility as a precautionary measure.

The Occupational Health and Safety agency suspended work around the tanks and is currently investigating the incident.


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