Most of the people injured when an explosion and fire ripped through the Lakeland sawmill in Prince George, B.C., last month have been released from hospital.

Two people were killed when the sawmill burned to the ground. Dozens were treated at a local hospital following the fire, while several others were airlifted to other hospitals for treatment.

Frank Everitt with the United Steelworkers Union, which represents unionized employees, said only a few people remain in hospital.

"We still have one member in Victoria and we have two in Vancouver that returned to Prince George," he said. "So, things are progressing satisfactorily, and it's a long road to recovery."

While it's not clear when the sawmill might reopen, Everitt said the workers are still being paid.

"The employer, with their insurance company, has agreed to pay them for five weeks after the original incident. So that's certainly good news for the employees of the operation."

The cause of the fire has not been determined. WorkSafeBC is leading the investigation.


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