Paper machine fire at Catalyst

A paper machine fire broke out at the Catalyst paper mill just before 11 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.

No cause has been determined yet for the paper machine fire that broke out at the Catalyst paper mill late in the evening on Thursday, April 16, Port Alberni Fire Department Chief Tim Pley said.

“It was a paper machine fire. So a paper machine fire is volatile, they flash up big really fast and die down often. This fire didn’t die down, it was more sustained than we’re use to seeing,” Pley said.

Multiple fire departments responded to the fire which was extinguished around 2 a.m. on Friday.

“I’m not aware of anybody being injured,” said Pley.

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