Inquest Resumes, Fire Response the Focus
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.