Brief: Early morning fire damages Downie Timber

An early morning fire at Downie Timber Ltd. caused heavy damage in the millwright area of the mill

Firefighters responded to an early morning fire at Downie Timber on May 13. Photo: Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services

A fire that was reported just after 6 a.m. on May 13 caused heavy damage in the millwright area of Downie Timber Ltd.

Revelstoke fire chief Rob Girard said there was heavy damage by the time crews arrived, and that smoke had permeated to other parts of the building.

Girard said the built-in sprinklers deserve credit for suppressing the fire.

Two trucks and 22 fire staff responded. It took them just under an hour to overhaul the fire.

“Fire crews concentrated on the walls above the point of origin both exterior and interior to check for fire extension and extinguish hot spots,” Girard said.

“I am really pleased with the results of the sprinklers suppression in the fire area,” Girard added.

”We realize how important this mill is to the community.”

There were no injuries.

Aaron Orlando
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