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Canfor Plateau Mill fire under investigation

July 19, 2016 – Work Safe BC and the RCMP are investigating a fire at the Canfor Plateau Mill, approximately 25 km west of Vanderhoof, B.C.


July 19, 2016
By Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Vanderhoof Fire Services were called to the scene on July 16, and quickly extinguished a small fire. Emergency Health Services attended and cleared all personnel who were exposed to smoke inhalation. There were no serious injuries.

An initial investigation determined the fire was started by a welding torch near the edger machine in the sawmill during routine maintenance.

“The fast response of Plateau employees and management resulted in this fire being controlled very quickly,” said Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP Detachment Commander. “Without their action and the swift response of the Vanderhoof Fire Crews, it could have been a lot worse.”