Angusville flaxseed plant destroyed by fire

A flaxseed processing plant in Angusville, Man., was destroyed by a massive fire on Tuesday.

Angusville mill fire

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Blaze destroys flaxseed processing plant in Angusville, Man., Nelly Gonzalez reports. 1:32

A flaxseed processing plant in Angusville, Man., was destroyed by a massive fire on Tuesday.

The blaze at Glanbia Nutritionals began at about 8 a.m. CT, when three employees spotted flames at the facility.

The fire spread quickly and continued for hours, engulfing the plant in black smoke. Roughly 30 firefighters and five trucks arrived at the scene, said witness Arlene Cooke.

"It's spreading, it's spreading fast," Cooke told CBC News on Tuesday morning.

"It's halfway through that building now and the back area is just gone, where they load up the flax and stuff like that."

Heavy black smoke pours from a fire at a mill in western Manitoba. (RCMP)

Fire crews brought the blaze under control later in the day.

About 50 people work at Glanbia Nutritionals, which Cooke said was the"bread and butter" for people in Angusville and the nearby community of Waywaysecapo.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, say RCMP, noting that no injuries were reported.

Officials from the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner are assisting with the investigation.

Angusville is located about 320 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, near Russell.