8:15 a.m. Updated by Northern Health
· Northern Health called a Code Orange at 10:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia (UHNBC) in Prince George, BC.
o The Code Orange was called off at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
· 24 patients have been treated
o 1 fatality.
o 4 patients are being transferred by air ambulance from UHNBC.
§ 3 patients have been transferred to Vancouver.
§ 1 patient will be transferred to Edmonton.
o 6 remain at UHNBC in serious condition.
o 13 patients have been treated and released.
· Updates will be provided on northernhealth.ca as more information is available.
· Our hearts go out to those affected by this tragedy and their families.
Prince George Fire Crews and the RCMP continue to maintain a perimeter on River Road after an explosion occurred at the Lakeland Sawmill in Prince George B.C.
On April 23, 2012 at approximately 9:38 PM the Prince George Fire Department were called to a report of an explosion at the Lakeland Sawmills located on River Road in Prince George B.C. Emergency crews, BC Ambulance and Prince George RCMP attended the scene to find the Sawmill engulfed in flames.
Emergency Crews were advised that there were approximately 50 employees on site at the time of the explosion. 25 employees working in the planer mill were uninjured as the explosion had occurred in the filing area of the mill. The remaining 25 employees have been accounted for and 21 workers were transported to the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia with injuries ranging from minor to severe burns.
Prince George Fire Chief John Lane advised that the fire was too dangerous to maintain and therefore crews were letting the fire burn out.
“At this stage it is too early to determine a cause as the fire is expected to burn for at least 24 hours.” Stated Prince George Fire Chief John Lane.
Lakeland Sawmill is located in an industrial area of Prince George near the CN Railway yard which was not affected by the fire.