After the Mill Fire on December 25, 2000

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On December 25, 2000 there was a devastating fire in the Cassiar plantsite. Both mills burned. The 1970 mill went first and burned most intensely. Other than the plenums that were on the 8th floor, the remaining pile is only about 8 feet high which is not much, considering there were 8 floors that burned. The old mill burned from top to bottom and there was considerable more metal left standing. The old mill burned after most of the 1970 mill was down. The generator room did not burn until the fire door fell, at which time the heat was let in and it caused a crane and a 950 loader to catch fire. Fortunately the generators, which were only 4 feet away from the loader, did not catch fire. There are reports that the 1970 mill was consumed in the blaze in approximately 4 hours and everything was over in 7 hours.

 The Cassiar Magnesium company did not rebuild and eventually folded.

 
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Elevator shaft looking North
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1970 Mill viewed from the Air Building
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1970 Mill viewed from the south door area
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Concentrator viewed from the Air Building
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Looking behind old mill towards 1970 mill
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Looking from North to West
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Mills viewed from the Air Building, #1
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Mills viewed from the Air Building, #2
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Generators
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