Sawmill explosion devastating to entire North

SMITHERS– The thoughts and prayers of all of Skeena-Bulkley Valley are with the residents of Burns Lake today as the community copes with last night’s devastating explosion and fire at Babine Forest Products, MP Nathan Cullen said today.

“This is a horrific tragedy and it affects all residents of the Northwest,” Cullen said.  “Northern communities are like a big extended family because of our isolation and the many unique challenges we share economically, geographically and culturally.

“Answers to this tragedy will come in due time.  Right now, our energies are entirely focused on supporting the injured and missing and their families.”

Cullen said he is immensely proud of the acts of heroism that are starting to emerge in the hours following the sawmill tragedy.

“From workers forsaking their own safety to help injured colleagues, to volunteer emergency responders racing through hundreds of kilometres of blizzard conditions, we are hearing of selfless acts of bravery and commitment.”

Cullen was alerted to the industrial accident within minutes of the explosion and remains in close contact with community and First Nations leaders, emergency officials and residents.

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Contact: Françoise Godet, cullen2a@parl.gc.ca 250-615-7878