British Columbia

Worker injured after blast and fire at recycling plant in Burnaby, B.C.

Worksafe B.C. is investigating after a worker was injured at ABC Recycling by a fire and explosion caused by an acetylene gas tank.

Explosion happened when a gas tank was placed in a cutting machine at ABC Recycling

The fire and explosion happened at about 8:00 a.m. PT Wednesday at ABC Recycling in Burnaby, according to Worksafe B.C. (Peter Scobie/CBC)

One worker has been injured in an explosion and fire at a recycling plant in Burnaby, B.C.

Fire chief Joe Robertson says the blast occurred when an acetylene gas tank was placed in a cutting machine at ABC Recycling.

The worker was transported to hospital, and the extent of his injuries is unknown.

WorkSafeBC spokesman Scott McCloy says the explosion occurred at about 8 a.m. PT.

He says an officer has been sent to the scene, but few details are available.

The owner of the recycling company was not immediately available for comment.

The Burnaby recycling facility in an undated aerial view captured by Google. (Google Streetview)