100 Mile House Fire-Rescue busy

Hydro equipment failure to blame for fire, power outage

  • Apr. 23, 2014 11:00 a.m.

More than 1,000 residents north and east of 100 Mile House were without power in the morning of April 17.

100 Mile House Fire-Rescue members responded to a fire on a power line at Highway 97 and Keene Road at close to 5:30 a.m., and were on scene for about 90 minutes until BC Hydro personnel arrived.

A total of 1,083 BC Hydro customers were affected by the outage, which was sparked by an equipment failure.

Power was restored at 10:32 a.m.

West Fraser fire contained

100 Mile House Fire-Rescue responded to a call at just before 3 a.m. on April 16 for a fire at the West Fraser Mills’ 100 Mile Lumber on Exeter Road.

Fire chief Darrell Blades says 15 members were on scene tending to “hot spots” in the sawmill building.

“Contractors were doing some hot work in that area in relation to the upgrade that’s happening at the mill right now. A small fire started. It appears to be from the hot work.

“The sprinklers held the fire to its original location. The mill was evacuated.”

New members

The local fire department recently welcomed four new applicants to its crew, including one junior firefighter.

The additions bring the total of paid on-call members to 20. The fire chief says the ideal number of personnel would be 27.