MERRITT, BC - No injuries were reported in a fire Wednesday night at Tolko Industries' sawmill in Merritt.
It represented yet another fire to a mill in British Columbia's interior forests this year. Two of them - at Babine Forest Products in January and Lakeland Mills in April - each resulted in the deaths of two workers and injuries to dozens of others.
Firefighters believe the fire broke out in Tolko mill's compressor area; the fire caused damage that room and a few adjacent rooms.
Tolko's Merritt mill produces dimensional lumber, framing stock, railroad ties, structural joists and planks and other products. It is one of eight lumber mills that Tolko operates in British Columbia. All of them have been subjected to recent inspections under WorkSafeBC's Combustible Dust Strategy.
Meanwhile, Lakeland Mills re-started its planer mill last week to process inventory. About 20 employees returned to work for the first time since the deadly April 23 explosion and fire. The temporary assignment is expected to last about six weeks, according to the Prince George Free Press.
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