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Inquest Resumes, Fire Response the Focus

Monday, March 9, 2015 @ 4:00 AM

Prince George, B.C.- The Coroner’s Inquest into the deaths of Alan Little and Glenn  Roche, resumes this morning.  The  inquest will  hear  from  fire responders,  including Prince George Fire Rescue Chief, John Iverson, who will continue  his testimony that was started last week.So far, the inquest has heard  from  workers who  had long time experience at Lakeland,  and  some who  survived the events of that tragic evening in April of 2012 when there was an explosion and fire.  While the WorkSafeBC investigation concluded  the  explosion was the result of  combustible dust being ignited by  an issue with a gear reducer,  some workers dispute that  conclusion.

While all who have testified  to date agree the  blast originated  in the north east corner of the mill,  workers   on site that night  say  there were no  warning sounds or warning smells of overheating motors or  equipment that was not functioning properly.

Testimony on Friday  from the BC Safety Authority says it is possible  something as simple as  a  light could have sparked the  explosion as the type of lights used in the mill  do  run hot.

The inquest itself has  rearranged it’s hours,  opting to  sit  longer  in the day,  and adding  three days for testimony in order to hear from all 47 witnesses  who are scheduled to  testify.  Instead of wrapping up  by the  20th of March, ( including two days for the  jury to  retire to make recommendations), the inquest now expects to  conclude testimony on the 23rd.


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