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UPDATE, Dec. 5: Volunteer fire department responding to call at Quesnel River Pulp

Three fire engines, a ladder truck and an ambulance attended the scene

UPDATE, Dec. 5:

Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department chief Sylvain Gauthier said 24 members of the department attended the mill fire yesterday at Quesnel River Pulp, one of West Fraser’s locations on Two Mile Flat.

He said the cause of the fire is still being investigated, but the blaze caused minor damage to the roof of the building. It is believed to have started on a chip conveyor, said Gauthier.

Three engines and one ladder truck responded to the fire.

West Fraser’s media liaison Tara Knight confirmed there were no injuries due to the fire and the mill is operating as normal today.

“We are glad the situation was quickly contained by the efforts of our employees and the support of the city fire department yesterday,” she said via email.


West Fraser’s communications liaison Tara Knight has confirmed there is a fire at the Quesnel River Pulp site at 1000 Finning Road.

“Currently it has been contained by the efforts of our employees and the support of the city fire department,” she said via email.

The Observer will update as we find out more.


Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department is responding to a call at Quesnel River Pulp at 1000 Finning Road, a West Fraser-owned company. The call came in at 11:16 a.m.

Three fire trucks, a fire rescue truck and a duty officer are on the scene. The fire department’s duty officer, reporting on the scanner, indicated that a fire may have begun on a chip belt and was in danger of spreading to the roof.

An ambulance was also at the site.

More to come.

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