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West Fraser commits to restart at Quesnel facility

West Fraser says it’s committed to re-opening a Quesnel plant which was hit by an explosion and fire last week.

But President and CEO Ted Seraphim says there won’t be a restart at the Westpine MDF facility until the company knows it’s safe.

Seraphim says West Fraser wants to determine the root cause of the blast and fire and make sure there’s a solution in place to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

In a statement issued Monday, he praised Westpine employees for their professionalism and strength during the March 9th incident and in the days since.

Seraphim says workers will receive the company’s full support and all the resources it can provide and staff remain employed while cleanup and repairs continue.

He also lauded the efforts of the Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department for its efforts at the plant Wednesday.

WorkSafe BC is continuing to investigate the explosion and fire.

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