Burns Lake marks one-year anniversary of sawmill fire on Sunday

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OTTAWA –
The thoughts of northern British Columbians and many Canadians will be with Burns Lake on Sunday as the community marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating explosion and fire at Babine Forest Products, said MP Nathan Cullen.

“A disaster like this shakes both community and country,” said Cullen as he recalled the shock he and all Canadians felt after the January 20, 2012 sawmill explosion.

“But we saw the people of Burns Lake and communities across the region come together in support of one another in ways that were heroic and heartwarming.”

Cullen praised community leaders, First Nations and residents alike for working together to rebuild their community in the months following the fire.

“We’ll always remember the tragedy at Babine Forest Products and those killed and injured that terrible night,” Cullen said. “But we’ll also remember a community that met devastation with dignity and courage and so continues to thrive.”

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Contact: Shelley Browne, cullen1@parl.gc.ca 250-877-4140