Fire destroys logging vehicle

A large piece of lumber equipment was destroyed by a fire in Lumby Thursday morning.

Lumby Fire Chief Tony Clayton says his crews were called to the Tolko Industries White Valley Mill at 6 a.m.

Clayton says when fire crews arrived there was, “a piece of heavy equipment working out in the log yard fully engulfed.”

He says the fire was 'strictly accidental mechanical' and no one was injured.

“The operator got the machine shut off right away then he dumped his fire extinguisher on it but that did very little. They tried to suppress, but it took our guys to actually put it out,” said Clayton.

The machine was parked next to some big log decks but fortunately the fire did not spread.

There was extensive damage however to the machine which Clayton calls a 'log loader.'

He says the fire will not disrupt mill operations.

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