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Power to Bella Bella restored after weekend fire

Power has been restored to a village near British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, but the community’s chief says frustration lingers because members of the First Nation fought the blaze on their own after they were unable to get help from provincial government agencies.

Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett said the fire broke out late Friday on a hillside across from Bella Bella in an area where several power lines are located.She said the First Nation spent the weekend trying to contact BC Wildfire, Provincial Emergency Preparedness and Boralex, which operates the power lines.

She said the First Nation spent the weekend trying to contact BC Wildfire, Provincial Emergency Preparedness and Boralex, which operates the power lines.Boralex spokeswoman Lauriane Dery says the flames were put out today and power has been restored.

Boralex spokeswoman Lauriane Dery says the flames were put out today and power has been restored. She says the cause of the fire was unknown, but it followed an electrical failure on the transmission line during a wind storm Friday night.

The BC Wildfire Service says a response officer would be sent to the scene.

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