Seventy firefighters from 11 different departments battled a blaze on Monday afternoon at Millett Lumber Co. in Chester Grant, Nova Scotia. The mill produced boards, dimensional lumber, siding, decking as well as dressed and rough small squares and timbers.
Chief Doug Rines of the Chester Basin Volunteer Fire Department said they were called to the fire just before 1 p.m. AT. The main building was “totally engulfed in flames” when crews arrived, Rines said, so they took a defensive stance and made sure the fire didn’t spread to the surrounding buildings. Although the rain helped keep the sawdust wet, ensuring the fire didn’t spread, the main mill building suffered the most damage. The cause of the fire is unknown. The lumber mill also dealt with a fire about 15 years ago, and was able to rebuild, Rines said.
This is the second major lumber producer fire in recent weeks in Nova Scotia. In late July, Lewis Mouldings in Weymouth was badly damaged by fire.
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Chester Grant lumber mill badly damaged in fire