1 killed, 24 hurt after explosion & massive fire at sawmill in Canada

One person has been killed and 24 injured when an explosion and fire ripped through the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, B.C. on Monday night.

Lakeland Sawmill (Image: CBC)

“RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass says five people were unaccounted for two hours after the blast at the Lakeland Mills sawmill. �Obviously our priority at this point is trying to track down those five people,� Cpl. Douglass said. �We do have a police dog team on scene working with the fire department.� The Northern Health Authority issued a news release saying a Code Orange was called at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia. Twelve were taken there by ambulance and another 11 arrived by other means. The blast rocked houses kilometres away and Cpl. Douglass said the fire is expected to consume the building. �The fire is fully engulfed,� the officer said. �They’re throwing water on it but I don’t think it’s going to be one we can win.� The explosion shattered a quiet evening for Glen Thielmann, who was reading bedtime stories to his kids when the blast occurred at about 9:40 p.m. �It rocked the house and sucked the window shut.� Shortly afterwards, he said his mother called from down the street and Mr. Thielmann walked down the block to join his neighbours, who were watching the flames consume the mill in the distance. Mr. Thielmann said he lives about two kilometres away from the mill site. He estimated the flames had shot more than 60 metres into the air. Two hours later, clouds and steam were still pouring from the mill.”

Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 at 09:09 (09:09 AM) UTC RSOE

Video & further info from CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/04/24/bc-prince-george-mill-fire.html?cmp=rss

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