Ainsworth plant sustains fire damage

A fire broke out at the 100 Mile House Ainsworth OSB plant on Aug. 20 that damaged some equipment.

100 Mile House Fire-Rescue chief Darrell Blades says it appears the fire broke out after flakes from a sheet of pre-cure OSB, which had fallen into a pit below the accumulator, self-combusted.

The call came in at about 5:40 p.m. and 11 members responded with three trucks, he notes, assisted by seven members from 108 Mile Ranch Volunteer Fire Department with two additional trucks.

The plant's sprinkler system activated and the fire was under control when crews arrived, who then got the fire knocked down within about half an hour, Blades says, adding they were on scene for approximately three hours.

The fire was contained to the accumulator area, but some damage resulted to electrical wiring, hydraulic lines and conveyors, he explains.

An Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. representative says all employees were still working, but was unable to confirm any further details, or if any parts of the mill were shut down as a result of the fire.


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