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Business open after fire

T.L. Timber Ltd. in Cawston was in full operation Friday, after a fire burned a portion of their raw log inventory Thursday night.

Although they were up and running, operations manager Clayton Hillman said the fire was still upsetting for the family who runs the business, a log home manufacturing plant.

"Any hit is a hard hit to take," he said.

It was initially reported the fire might have been caused by a lightning strike.

But the  family is still trying to make sense of what happened, because no one who was there at the time heard anything.

No one was outside, because the mill typically shuts down at 3:30 p.m. But family members were eating dinner in a home at the location around 5 p.m., when the fire started.

"We didn't hear a single thing that is why we are still questioning if it was lightning," said Hillman "There didn't seem to be thunder and lightning and the logs didn't appear to have damage that would be typical of a lightning strike."

It was a neighbour and someone passing by who alerted Hillman and others to the blaze.

They quickly started fighting it with the help of other local business owners, before firefighters from Keremos and Osoyoos showed up.

Hillman said it had the potential to be much worse, but fortunately the wind was prevailing to the south.

The number of logs that burned and their value is still to be determined.

Keremeos Fire Chief Jordy Bosscha said Thursday the fire may have been caused by a lightning strike.

There were other strikes in the area, one on a mountainside and another closer to Keremeos, which ignited an old railway right of way on fire.

Hillman said the family doesn't need any assistance, but he wanted to thank volunteer firefighters who showed up from Keremeos and Osoyoos and other business owners who helped.

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