Tembec planer mill in Cranbrook destroyed by fire

A fire destroyed the Tembec planer mill in the city on the evening of November 1. - Photo Darcy Wiebe
A fire destroyed the Tembec planer mill in the city on the evening of November 1.
— image credit: Photo Darcy Wiebe

The Tembec planer mill went up in flames on November 1 in a blaze that had firefighters working into the wee hours of November 2.

“The call came in to the fire department at about 9:55 p.m that a large portion of the Tembec Planer Mill just off Theatre Road had caught fire,” explained Zettel. “The Fire Department responded with 16 personnel and they are in a defensive circle, trying to prevent the fire from spreading.”

As of this report, the fire may have also engulfed numerous other structures adjacent to the building, but it did not spread beyond the mill property and no injuries have been reported.

The sawmill was closed in 2007, with the planer mill being shut down in 2010. It was May of this year that the kilns at the site were also closed.

Before the end of this year, testing was supposed to begin in regards to clean-up of any contamination that may have occured during the site’s tenure. The Ministry of Forests had given Tembec $100,000 to do the remediation work.

Currently, no cause has been determined as to what exactly caused the building to catch on fire and no damage estimate is available.

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