The Nakusp Volunteer Fire Department work hard to contain the fire at Wiebe Mill on Canada Day. The fire broke out early in the afternoon

Canada Day blaze at Box Lake Lumber

The fire started early in the afternoon on Canada Day and was contained late that evening.

While many events took place on Canada Day in Nakusp, one in particular, which was both unplanned and unwanted, grabbed the attention of residents.

A fire at the Box Lake Lumber Mill broke out early in the afternoon and had the local fire department rushing to contain the blaze. They sprayed the blaze with both foam and water. Heat from the flames could be felt from at least 30 feet away, and the crackle of wood could be heard as it was consumed by the fire.

Throughout the afternoon, rain started to fall, but it wasn’t enough to be of much assistance. Several things at the mill had already gone up in smoke.

“We’ve lost one loader, a chip pile, and now our logs and our waste pile,” said Brad Weibe, brother of the mill’s owner. “Our scale shack and our shop is also gone.”

About an hour after the fire department arrived, members of the RCMP came on the scene and after talking with members of the fire crew advised all those who were not working to put the flames out to move back to the highway. An air tanker was on its way, and they wanted to be sure residents were safe. Three planes arrived shortly after, one spotter, and two others to drop flame retardant on the fire.

Two hours after the first planes dropped their first rounds of retardant, four skimmer planes from Kamloops arrived, dropping a mixture of water and foam one after another. By about 9 p.m. the blaze had been contained, but some staff remained overnight to keep watch, just in case it flared up.

While some parts of the mill are gone, residents will be very happy to know the main building, the mill itself, is safe.

“If you get wind (blowing) on that roof, this mill is going to be gone,” said Weibe.

The mill employs about 40 people in the area. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

 

Just Posted

Interior Health study offers take-home drug testing kits to spot fentanyl

Interior Health to evaluate safety of at home drug testing kits aimed at reducing fentanyl overdoses

Nakusp students get CPR, defibrillator training

Advanced Coronary Training program visits high school

Cannabis promoters call for ‘reset’ of federal pot rules

Changes in regulation are causing chaos for small growers, say letter’s authors

Trail firefighters quash a string of suspicious brush fires

Seven brush fires started Friday night; Trail police investigating

Kootenay cannabis growers, analysts pan new Health Canada policy

New requirement to build facility before licence approval will discourage growers from going legit

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Most Read