Updated: Liverpool firefighters called to Brooklyn Energy overnight.

Brittany W. Verge brittany.verge@theadvance.ca
Published on August 22, 2014

Damage to the plant was not immediately visible and there was no sign of smoke as of 9:00 a.m.  The Advance is contacting Emera to determine which part of the plant was damaged.

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Around 1:35 a.m. the Liverpool Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene of a fire at the Brooklyn Energy Corporation.

Trevor Munroe, media relations and firefighter with the Liverpool Fire Department says the fire was not very big but difficult to get to.

"It was where their wood chips go through," says Munroe. "It was just in a stubborn spot... it was in a confined space."

Munroe says getting to the fire required going through stairwells and the use of the department's ladder truck. The damage was not severe, but took crews from 1:30 a.m. to around 5 a.m. to put it out.

Dahl Dispatch, a Facebook page that follows calls to southwest Nova Scotia fire departments posted the calls early Friday morning. The original call was for a three-storey commercial structure fire.

Mutual aid was requested from Greenfield, Port Medway and North Queens Fire Department.

The Brooklyn Energy plant is a biomass plant, which creates energy from waste wood.

Dina Bartolacci Seely, a media representative for Emera, says the damage was confined to about half of a three storey building used to store wood waste.

The Brooklyn Energy plant is a biomass plant, which creates energy from waste wood.

Bartolacci Seely says the plant won’t be accepting any more loads of residue (waste) until the damage is repaired, which she estimates will take a few weeks.

The plant only runs when needed, otherwise it is on standby.  The plant was on standby at the time of the fire. 

No one was injured.