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More Lakeland Mills testimony

A coroner’s inquest has heard the RCMP took two-and-a-half days to conclude no criminal offence was committed in a sawmill explosion that killed two workers.

Sergeant Holly Lavin was assigned to the case the morning after the April 2012 explosion at Lakeland Mills in Prince George and she testified at the inquest yesterday.

Lavin says investigators gathered statements from 13 mill workers who were inside when the blast occurred, as well as a WorkSafe BC inspector and fire prevention officer.

She testified that no paperwork was seized from the mill’s offices and no one in management was interviewed during the police investigation.

A coroner presiding at an inquest into the Lakeland Mills explosion in Prince George adjourned proceedings today after new evidence was uncovered.

Lisa LaPointe says thorough questioning of witnesses made it clear that the evidence exists.

She has asked a lawyer for Lakeland to provide a decision Monday on whether the evidence can be heard by jurors examining a fatal blast at the mill in April 2012.

Two men were killed and others were injured — three months after a similar blast at a mill in Burns Lake, where two workers also died.

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