News

Coldstream Lumber ready to resume work

Firefighters battle a blaze at Coldstream Lumber Tuesday morning.  - Jennifer Smith/Morning Star
Firefighters battle a blaze at Coldstream Lumber Tuesday morning.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith/Morning Star

Coldstream Lumber will be back in operation  Monday, less than a week after the major fire at the mill.

“The fire out at our plant which destroyed  both of our kilns reminds us that anything can happen at any time despite all precautions,” said Johnal Lee, Coldstream Lumber president.

Investigations into the blaze recently revealed that the cause of the fire was electrical.

“Contrary to some reports, our kilns were inspected and found to be up to code on July 16 by the BC Safety Authority,” said Lee. “Our new procedures for fire safety had recently been updated and sent to the Coldstream Fire Department.

“It is our belief that those new procedures along with an extremely skilled fire department saved lives and the rest of our mill.”

Lee says the mill has been able to use the downtime to pave the yard before full operations begin Monday for the 40 employees.

Alternate kiln drying arrangements will be made and Lee says the unfortunate disaster will not affect production.

Coldstream Fire Chief Shane Code confirms that the mill was proactive and had even recently been in contact with him reviewing their fire safety plan.

“I am encouraged that the mill was recently inspected by the BC Safety Federation and was checked for a variety of hazards with nothing found.”

Code applauds these efforts as well as those of staff on scene that day.

“We could not have handled this fire as well as we did without the direct help and support of the mill staff. I certainly hope that the mill gets back on its feet and rebounds from this event, and moves forward as the sustainable and productive Coldstream business they’ve been for the last 65 years.”

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Surrey enforcer killed on the weekend
 
Election 2014: Surrey school trustee candidates unite
 
28th annual Toy Run roars through Fraser Valley
George Canyon plays in Mission
 
New Mission council officially sworn in
 
10 Days of Terror begins in Mission
Teen dating violence focus of Surrey forum
 
Capturing the spirit of wild salmon in Chilliwack
 
Surrey man wanted on weapons trafficking charges now behind bars

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.