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Fire marshal investigating explosion at Hamilton wastewater treatment plant

Two staff members working in the building were able to escape unhurt, according to the Hamilton Fire Department. Damage is estimated at $75,000.

Fire department says 2 workers escaped unhurt, damage is estimated at $75K

The Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant. (City of Hamilton/YouTube)

The Ontario Fire Marshal's (OFM) office is investigating following an explosion at the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Fire crews were called to the 700 Woodward Avenue site shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday and found smoke in a processing building, according to Deputy Fire Chief Dan Milovanovic.

"It was discovered that a minor dust explosion had occurred within the building," he wrote in an email to CBC.

Two staff members working in the building were able to escape unhurt, Milovanovic said.

Damage is estimated at $75,000, he said.

Firefighters stabilized the situation and called in the Technical Standards and Safety Authority and the fire marshal.

In a tweet Thursday the OFM said it had assigned an investigator and a forensic engineer to probe the explosion.

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