Belize Sugar Industries Ltd. (BSI) publicly acknowledges that an industrial fire occurred yesterday at BELCOGEN Power Plant. Milling was suspended for approximately two hours to ensure the safety of all employees while containing and extinguishing the fire.

Thankfully, no one was injured and the fire was confined to one of the turbines where it originated shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday.

BSI quickly informed stakeholders of the fire and the necessary mill-stop while our engineering team assessed the situation. Given no impact to the second turbine installed at the Power Plant, milling resumed after 7 p.m. last night and the factory has been grinding consistently since then.

The BSI engineering team continues to work to dismantle the turbine and evaluate the full extent of damages. We are grateful for the support received and will keep industry stakeholders informed as we address this latest challenge.