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Reconstruction of B.C. sawmill where two workers died in blast to start Monday

A large fire burns at the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, B.C., on Tuesday April 24, 2012. An explosion rocked the sawmill just before 10 p.m. local time setting off a fire that engulfed the facility.


Reconstruction starts Monday for the Prince George, B.C., sawmill that was demolished in a fiery blast where two workers were killed.

Officials with Sinclar Group Forest Products, the mill workers' union, the City of Prince George and representatives for the employees will disclose the details of the rebuild plan before construction begins.

Sinclar Group announced in March that the company planned to rebuild Lakeland Mills, which burned down in April 2012, while the province continues an investigation into the blast.

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Workers Glenn Roche and Alan Little died in the explosion, 24 workers were injured and 150 people were put out of work.

In April, the community gathered to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy and remember employees who risked their lives to help their co-workers get out of the mill.

The blast followed another fire at the Babine Forests Products mill in Burns Lake three months earlier, where two workers were killed and 19 others were hurt.

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