October 22nd, 2021

No evidence of freight train link to wildfire in Lytton, B.C.: TSB

By The Canadian Press on October 14, 2021.

A man sits in a fire truck as the Lytton Creek wildfire burns in the mountains near Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, August 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

LYTTON, B.C. – The Transportation Safety Board says there’s no evidence that a freight train sparked a wildfire that destroyed the town of Lytton, B.C., this summer.

The agency says that unless new information comes forward, it has no need to further investigate and it won’t produce a report on the fire that killed two people.

It says the BC Wildfire Service and the RCMP continue to investigate the inferno that began on June 30 and caused millions of dollars in damage.

The board’s report says investigators confirmed with both CN and CP railways that there had been no rail grinding activities on the track and found no signs of hot bearings, burned brakes or other potential fire-creating causes in a train that went through the community that day.

The safety board said in July that it sent investigators to the area to investigate any potential link to trains.

CP Railway said in a statement in July that it found nothing to indicate that any of its trains or equipment that passed through Lytton caused or contributed to the fire, while CN Rail said video footage posted on social media after the fire was not connected to Lytton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 14, 2021.

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