Fire has levelled the former Tembec planer mill in Cranbrook.
Flames broke out in the long-closed mill just before 10 p.m. Mountain Time and by the time firefighters arrived the mill was already engulfed.
A spokesman with the City of Cranbrook said firefighters realized they could not save the planer mill and instead worked to prevent the flames from spreading across the 36 hectare property.
Tembec closed the sawmill at the site in 1998, the planer was shuttered in 2010 and the kilns were permanently shut down in May.
The company received just over $100,000 from the Ministry of Forests in July to pinpoint and clean up any contamination issues on the southeastern BC property, and testing was expected to begin before the end of this year.
"They were going to start tearing it down in… in November," said former employee Joe Trozzo.
A sale of mill assets, ranging from the drying kilns to office furniture, concluded in late September.
The cause of the blaze is unknown. No one was injured in the fire.
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