Sawmill fire in Williams Lake still smoldering

By Doug Collins
November 7, 2017 - 5:51am

WILLIAMS LAKE — A fire at the Tolko Mill in Williams Lake continues to cause problems.

Flareups continued into early yesterday morning as the blaze, which started over the weekend, proved difficult for crews to fight. In a news release,

Communications Advisor Janice Lockyer says the fire, located largely in the office section of the sawmill, continued to show hot spots in the area between the ceiling and the roof. Crews could not safely access the building to fight the fire from inside. 

The Williams Lake fire department has been instrumental in helping Tolko crews with the flareups. 

Structural engineers have now started the process of determining the integrity of the building.

CEO Brad Thorlakson was among those on scene yesterday to survey the damage.

Meanwhile, the planer has resumed operation with three shifts. The planer is in a separate building from the office structure damaged by the fire.

Lockyer says as soon as the site is secure and safe, the company will put a recovery plan in place to see the mill return to full operation as soon as possible. 

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