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UPDATED Fire causes major damage at Resolute sawmill in Ignace

Both kilns were destroyed, mayor says

IGNACE, ON — Fire has caused significant damage at the Resolute Forest Products sawmill at Ignace, but operations are expected to continue with some adjustments required.

The blaze broke out Sunday morning in a kiln, then spread to a second kiln.

Ignace Mayor Penny Lucas says both kilns were destroyed.

Lucas described that as a "huge" loss but said she's grateful the company plans to keep operating the mill and will retain the existing workforce.

Resolute spokesperson Louis Bouchard confirmed that the company intends to send lumber from Ignace to its mill in Atikokan to be dried.

The Ignace mill employs about 42 people directly.

Bouchard said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

NOTE:  This story has been updated with additional information from Mayor Penny Lucas

 

 

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