Former Cranbrook planer mill destroyed by fire

No cause determined, no injuries reported in Thursday night conflagration.

  • Nov. 2, 2012 8:00 p.m.

A fire broke out at the former Tembec planer mill on the evening of November 1. Bystanders at the scene told the Townsman that the fire razed the building that housed the former planer equipment. The facility has been out of operation for a few years

Fire has levelled the former Tembec planer mill off Theatre Road Cranbrook late Thursday night, Nov. 1. No deaths or injuries were reported.

Flames broke out in the long-closed mill just before 10 p.m. and a cause has not been determined.

The City of Cranbrook said 16 firefighters responded to the blaze. The crews remained on scene into the morning watching for flair ups and Theatre Road will be closed to traffic in the morning. All commuters will need to find alternate routes.

A spokesman with the City of Cranbrook says firefighters realized they could not save the planer mill and instead worked to prevent the flames from spreading across the 36 hectare property.

Bystanders at the scene told the Townsman that the fire razed the building that housed the former planer equipment. The City said the building had been out of use for a number of years and it was still unclear if the fire involved the kiln or the joint plant on the property. No cause for the fire has been determined and there are no damage estimates available at this time.

Tembec closed the sawmill at the site in 1998, the planer was shuttered in 2010 and the kilns were permanently shut down in May.

The company received just over $100,000 from the Ministry of Forests in July to pinpoint and clean up any contamination issues on the southeastern B.C. property, and testing was expected to begin before the end of this year.

A sale of mill assets, ranging from the drying kilns to office furniture, concluded in late September.

See next week for more information.

Just Posted

Meachen Creek fire sees minimal growth overnight

Winds have pushed the fire back into itself in the lower part of the Meachen Creek drainage.

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Crews planning controlled burns for Meachen Creek fire

B.C. Wildfire Service hoping to conduct planned ignitions on Sunday to help containment lines

Meachen Creek fire changed little overnight

Mayor reaches out to thank community; evacuation alert notices are being delivered door to door so no one is missed

Kimberley resource, tourism industry braces as wildfires rip through forests

Tourists are still filling golf courses and shops in Kimberley, B.C., but… Continue reading

Regional news recap

A quick recap of the top news stories in Kimberley, Cranbrook, Creston and Fernie.

Registration open now for October disc golf tournament

Registration opened on Monday, August 13 for the 2018 B.C. Provincials —… Continue reading

Paving underway on Cobham Avenue

Paving is underway on the City’s largest capital infrastructure project of 2018,… Continue reading

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

More than 800,000people have been displaced by floods and landslides

IndyCar driver Wickens flown to hospital after scary crash

IndyCar said Wickens was awake and alert as he was taken to a hospital

Ex-BCTF president ‘undeterred’ after early release from pipeline protest jail term

Susan Lambert and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson released early

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

B.C. swimmer halts journey across Strait of Juan de Fuca after hypothermia sets in

Victoria MS athlete Susan Simmons swam for eight-and-a-half hours in 9 C choppy waters

‘Hard on water:’ Smoke not the only long-range effect of wildfires

The project began more than 10 years ago after southern Alberta’s 2003 Lost Creek fire

Most Read