Thirty Maple Ridge firefighters fought a blaze at Imperial Cedar on River Road early Wednesday morning.
The remand building, where exterior shingles were made, was completely destroyed, according to assistant fire chief Mark Smitton, but a separate mill just to the south of it wasn’t affected.
The call came in at 1:10 a.m. and within minutes, all three Maple Ridge firehalls responded with eight trucks dispatched, Smitton explained.
Firefighters fought the fire from both sides of the building, trying to contain it.
Smitton said the biggest concerns were electrical hazards and exploding propane tanks – the firefighters could feel the tanks exploding.
“We had some explosions – how many more to come?” was the question on their minds, he said.
The fire didn’t seem suspicious, Smitton noted, and there was no indication it was arson.
There will be an inspection later to investigate the cause of the fire.
On Wednesday afternoon, the fire department was still on scene, putting out hotspots.
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