An explosion and fire has rocked Lakeland Mills in Prince George. As of midnight

One dead in Prince George mill explosion and fire

An explosion and fire has rocked Lakeland Mills in Prince George. As many as five people were still unaccounted for at midnight.

One person is dead and scores other injured following an explosion and fire at Lakeland Mills Monday night.

The explosion occurred at 9:45 p.m. and it rocked homes and businesses throughout the downtown core and across the Nechako River.

Northern Health declared a Code Orange at 10 p.m. to deal with the casualties. The Code Orange was called off at 1:30 a.m. Northern Health confirmed this morning the single fatality.

Four people were transferred by air ambulance from UHNBC, three have been transferred to Vancouver and one patient will be transferred to Edmonton.

Six of the injured remain at UHNBC in serious but stable condition. Thirteen patients have been treated and released.

There were 24 employees working in the sawmill at the time of the incident. There were a further 16 employees in the planer mill and four employees working in the yard.

“We’re devastated by the news of this incident and our thoughts are with our employees and their families,” said Greg Stewart, president of Sinclar Group Forest Products.

“We will not speculate on the cause of the incident at Lakeland Mills until the proper authorities have completed their investigation. All of our attention right now is focused on ensuring our employees and their families receive the care they need.”

City Council members have offered support at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia to the families of those injured.

“The explosion and fire is devastating and our sole focus is for the well-being of everyone affected,” said Mayor Shari Green. “This is a difficult time and emergency and health responders are doing everything they can. Please pray for those injured and for the difficult road ahead for them, their families and our whole community.”

 

[View the story “Explosion and fire rock Lakeland Mills in Prince George” on Storify]

[View the story “Explosion and fire rock Lakeland Mills in Prince George” on Storify]

Just Posted

Snowfall warning issued for Highway 1 from Salmon Arm to Golden

Environment Canada says to expect 15-30 cm of snow by Thursday evening

Q and A with MLA Doug Clovechok for Columbia River Revelstoke

Columbia River Treaty, Three Valley Gap improvements, caribou, and invasive species were discussed

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke, set to reopen at 7:30 p.m.

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near the west entrance to… Continue reading

Cafe opens in U.S. named Revelstoke Coffee

The owners visited Revelstoke two years ago, loved it and decided to name their business after it

Revelstoke council to hear first proposed cannabis store application

Starbuds would be located at 109 Connaught Ave.

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

Single-bridge option chosen to replace Highway 1 bridge in Sicamous

Five-lane span selected over plan with second bridge at Sicamous’ Main Street

Submissions sought for UBC Okanagan’s annual fiction competition

University’s annual short-story contest enters its 21st year

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

Most Read