Kaslo RCMP report that an overnight fire completely destroyed the Meadow Creek Forest Products located at 144 Cooper Creek Road, Cooper Creek.
RCMP Corporal Shaun Begg says that the mill is outside of the Fire Protection District, and, that when RCMP arrived around 0240 the mill was fully engulfed and then destroyed by the blaze which continued for several hours. Cpl. Begg says that there was a rudimentary fire suppression system on site, but that its effectiveness was inhibited by the effects of the cold weather, and, that despite the efforts of mill workers, there was no effective way to suppress the flames.
Cpl. Begg says that investigators will be returning to the site later today when the scene cools down to attempt to determine the origin of the fire, which at this point is not believed to be suspicious.