Quesnel Director of emergency services Sylvain Gauthier. Observer file photo

UPDATE: Mill fire at Tolko caused by spark

Tolko expects to have operations up and running as early as this afternoon or tomorrow

A fire at Tolko Mills on Two Mile Flat had Quesnel Volunteer Firefighters out in force at 2:30 a.m. today (Jan. 17).

A total of 18 fire department personnel attended, along with three engines and one ladder truck, says director of emergency services Sylvain Gauthier.

The fire was in the main sawmill, and was contained to this area by the mill’s sprinkler system. There was some damage to the mill’s structure and to electrical wiring.

Gauthier told the Observer that the fire was caused by a spark from a welder.

The Quesnel Fire Department was on the scene for just over three hours.

Representatives at Tolko have said they are doing their best to get the mill back up and running as quickly as possible. This could happen as early as this afternoon or tomorrow (Jan. 18).

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