Burns Lake Fire Department and the RCMP were called out to a structure fire at the Decker Mill in Burns Lake March 6, 07:22 a.m.
Fire and Rescue along with BC Ambulance, BC Hydro and Pacific Northern Gas attended the scene of the fire, which reportedly started in a portion of the planer mill. There were approximately 50 employees on site at the time of the fire who all assisted with trying to put out the fire before emergency crews arrived. The fire was contained and successfully extinguished by mill employees and emergency crews.
“The fire was contained by the mill employees and due to their quick response and training they were able to prevent the fire from spreading and causing further damage to the mill,” Stated S/Sgt. Grant MacDonald of Burns Lake RCMP detachment.
At least one employee was treated at the scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation. No further injuries have been reported and the fire was not deemed suspicious in nature.