Babine Inquest Set to Start
Burns Lake, B.C. – The inquest into the deaths of Robert Luggi Jr. and Carl Charlie will get underway this morning in Burns Lake.
The two men died as a result of the explosion at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in January of 2012, just three months later, a similar blast would rip apart the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George and another two men would lose their lives.The inquest has been scheduled for two weeks and Coroner Chico Newell will be presiding. More than 40 witnesses are scheduled to testify.
A jury will have three tasks. First, it must determine the date, time, location and medical cause of death. Secondly, it will have to classify the death as either accidental, natural causes, homicide, suicide or undetermined. The third task has the jury making recommendations aimed at preventing similar tragedies.
The recommendations may be the most difficult part of the jury’s job. The jury for the Lakeland Mills case , returned 33 recommendations in mid May at the conclusion of the inquest into the deaths of Glenn Roche and Allan Little.
Initially, the Babine inquest was to be held in conjunction with the Lakeland probe as many of the same witnesses will be taking the stand. Chief Coroner Lisa LaPointe changed that decision after considering further information and presentations from the families, survivors , inquest participants and the community.
The inquest is taking place at eh Island Gospel Fellowship Hall.