Monday, February 6, 2012

Burns Lake could be "ghost town" says priest

Sawmill fire rocks Burns Lake community
Immaculata parishioners on Good Friday in 2011.

"The roof just exploded," is how a member of Immaculata Parish in Burns Lake, B.C., described the fireball which levelled the local Babine Forest Products mill Friday, Jan. 20.

On the Monday after the disaster the second of two bodies was pulled from the smouldering wreckage, said Immaculata parishioner John Bertacco, a member of the Babine native band.

Nineteen injured workers, some in critical condition, had earlier been flown to hospitals in Alberta and B.C.

The bodies of the two dead men were identified as Bertacco's cousin Carl Charley, 42, and Robert Luggi, 45.

Pastor Father Albanus Ogowuihe says he fears Burns Lake will be a "ghost town" without the mill.

See The B.C. Catholic for the full story.

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