Williams Lake Fire Department on the scene of a fire inside West Fraser Sawmill Saturday in Williams Lake. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo.

Fire crews respond to fire at West Fraser Sawmill in Williams Lake Saturday

The Williams Lake Fire Dept. responded to a fire at West Fraser Sawmill Saturday in Williams Lake

The Williams Lake Fire Department responded to a fire at the West Fraser Sawmill in Williams Lake Saturday.

Crews were called in just before 11 a.m.

On Monday morning Fire Chief Des Webster said he had not heard back from the mill manager yet, but it is believed the fire may have started in one of the hydraulic motors in the basement.

“It was not a big fire in magnitude, but because it was inside the mill it was difficult to get to,” Fire Chief Des Webster said Monday. “Our crews left just after 2 p.m.”

Webster also said workers inside the mill, which was shut down for maintenance, suffered smoke inhalation and had to be treated by the B.C. Ambulance service.

We are waiting to hear back from West Fraser to confirm whether or not the sawmill is shut down due to the fire.

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