A Thursday night fire at Downie Timber is under investigation by Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services.
The fire occurred at about 10:20 pm in the 8” Gang Saw area of the mill, Fire Chief Rob Girard said in a statement.
“Our initial attack teams were able to fight the fire and hold it in the area of origin and prevent it from spreading further into the mill,” he said.
“Although the sprinkler system was activated, due to the nature of the sawdust oils and other combustibles in the area, it was a pretty significant fire.”
Girard said all mill workers were out of the area when fire crews arrived on the scene and he commended Downie Timber employees for trying to extinguish the fire before firefighters arrived on the scene. No one was injured.
Firefighters extinguished the flames, checked for fire extension and overhauled the fire in just under two hours. Fifteen firefighters and four fire apparatus responded to the alarm.
Here is a photo of the fire’s aftermath: