The owners of an Abbotsford, B.C., lumber mill are trying to determine what they can salvage after a fire tore through the building Saturday morning.

Crews were called to the Absolute Lumber Products mill, on McCallum Road near Highway 11, at about 4 a.m. PT.

The building was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived, and it took about 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

Assistant fire chief Jeff Adams says the building was not completely destroyed.

"The building itself is probably a write-off. The actual equipment that they use for the mill work was outside, so we managed to save that."

It's unclear when the mill will be up and running again. Ramesh Sharma, the owner's brother, says he's still surveying the damage.

"We lost so much money there, we lost everything," he said. "We are not in a good situation."

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and officials have not said if the fire is considered suspicious.

There is no estimate of the damage done to the mill.


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