Firefighters tackle small blaze at Downie sawmill

Fire at Revelstoke's Downie Timber causes about $1,500 in damage; sprinkler system did most of suppression work.

Revelstoke Fire Rescue responds to a small fire at Downie Timber Wednesday morning.

Revelstoke Fire Rescue responds to a small fire at Downie Timber Wednesday morning.

An early morning fire at Downie Timber caused minimal damage, says mill manager Alan Smythe.

“It was about $1,500 worth of damage,” he told the Review. “It wasn’t anything to hardly report on.”

Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services were called to the blaze at around 6 a.m. this morning.

“Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy fire damage in an area of the millwright area, and light smoke on the second floor,” said fire chief Rob Girard in a news release. “The sprinkler system did the majority of the suppression work.”

Twenty-two firefighters spent just under an hour extinguishing the fire, focusing on the walls around the point of origin and checking for hot spots.

“I don’t even think we lost two minutes of production,” said Smythe. “That’s the important thing.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.