Arson at PIR

An act of arson at the Pacific Inland Resources mill was reported late Sunday night to Smithers RCMP.

An act of arson at the Pacific Inland Resources mill was reported late Sunday night to Smithers RCMP.

The superintendent for the West Fraser-owned mill reported the arson at 11:13 p.m.

Smithers RCMP Staff Sgt. Rob Mitchell released a statement that said the fire was set “intentionally in the main structure using flammable liquids.”

The fire was extinguished by night shift employees. There were no injuries.

“[There was] no major damage,” said PIR general manager Dean McDonald.

The Tatlow Road mill was able to be back up in operation by Monday afternoon. Investigators still had the affected area closed for further examination.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this arson to contact Smithers RCMP at 250-847-3233 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.