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UPDATE: The story was changed to include information from Canfor.
Fort St. John, B.C. — No one was injured in a structure fire at the Fort St. John sawmill on Tuesday, according to the Peace River Regional District (PRRD).
Around 2 p.m., the Charlie Lake Fire Department arrived at the scene of the fire at 9312 259 Road to see flames exiting the building from the eaves.
Canfor told Energeticcity.ca that one of its saw lines was damaged in the fire. While the line is being repaired, the mill is running at a reduced production rate with the other, smaller saw line.
“The planer facility will also reportedly take a week of downtime as it builds up inventory and is expected to resume full production the week of March 13th,” said Canfor.
The Taylor Fire Department sent an engine with three firefighters after receiving a call for mutual aid from the Charlie Lake Fire Department.
The PRRD said the departments contained and extinguished the fire, which included two sections of two buildings and numerous hidden spot fires.
The call lasted six and a half hours before being turned over to Canfor staff. A fire investigation is pending, according to the PRRD.
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