Massive fire destroys two drying kilns at Kenora Forest Products
No one was hurt, but the kilns were fully engulfed when firefighters arrived
An overnight blaze destroyed two kilns at Kenora Forest Products, sending flames shooting into the air where they could be seen from kilometres away.
Emergency crews were called to the lumber company just after midnight Saturday morning.
Two drying kilns in a single building were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, said Kenora Fire Chief Todd Skene.
"They were full at the time," said Skene. "I think the cold, the extreme cold was a contributing factor, you know, everything works harder."
"We just controlled it from expanding further, and we let it burn down and burn itself out."
Firefighters were on scene for about eight hours, he added.
"They did a wonderful job last night, battling the cold and the fire," said Skene. "I'm proud of how they handled it."
No one was hurt, said Skene, and damage is estimated at about $850,000. With such extensive damage, Skene said they're not sure they'll find a cause, but so far the fire has not been labelled suspicious.
The plant manager for Kenora Forest Products told CBC he hoped to have more information later Saturday afternoon.