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Firefighters battle blaze at Port Moody sawmill

Firefighters battled the blaze on a Port Moody mill on Monday morning.
Firefighters battled the blaze on a Port Moody mill on Monday morning. Courtesy of Sharron Basanti

PORT MOODY, B.C. – Firefighters in Port Moody, B.C., spent hours battling a blaze at a sawmill on Monday afternoon.

City spokesman Paul Lockwood said the fire began in the Flavelle Sawmill Co. Ltd.’s conveyor system before spreading to a nearby pile of wood chips.

No injuries had been reported as of Monday evening.

At least three fire trucks were called in to help put out the flames, as well as firefighters from neighbouring Coquitlam.

Earlier Monday, RCMP credited the quick action of employees and management at a sawmill in Vanderhoof for quickly extinguishing a small fire.

Mounties say there were no serious injuries at the Canfor Plateau Mill west of Vanderhoof.

Police say the fire was started by a welding torch that was being operated during routine maintenance at the mill.

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WorkSafeBC and the Mounties were investigating.

“The fast response of Plateau employees and management resulted in this fire being controlled very quickly,” said RCMP Sgt. Svend Nielsen.

“Without their action and the swift response of the Vanderhoof fire crews, it could have been a lot worse.”