A worker is in hospital after a flash fire broke out while he was cleaning an oil tank at a terminal east of Hardisty Wednesday.

“There was billowing black smoke coming from the actual tanks,” said Paul Sigsworth, who was working near the tank farm.

“It looks like it is coming out of all sides.”

The crude oil tank was in an area of the terminal owned by Husky Energy.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) tells CBC News that two workers were cleaning the emptied tank when a flash fire broke out. One man, who was in his 20s, was taken to Edmonton hospital with burns on his hands. 

A portion of the tank farm was evacuated and operations were shut down as a precaution. The fire is now under control, according to the town of Hardisty.

OHS has issued a stop work order around the tanks and is now investigating.