Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

The Danish Transport Safety Agency (TSB) has not found any connection between train activities and the cause of the Lytton BC fire that destroyed most of the community.

In a report released Thursday, TSB said its investigation could find no connection between the train and the fire.

The wildfire, which erupted on June 30, burned about 90 percent of the community in Lytton in southern BC.

Two people were killed in the massive fire.


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Lytton First Nation and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District have both suggested the possibility that a train was responsible for the fire, and several witnesses have described seeing train fires in the Lytton area prior to the tragic incident.

Ryan Marander told Global News that he saw a train on fire at Lytton between 3pm and 4pm on the day the community burned.

“We saw a train up on a buck that was a little between the highway and Lytton, and the train was stopped and under one of the flat carriages that looked like it was carrying wrapped timber, we saw fire under one of the cars – looked to be maybe four feet in diameter or something at the base, ”he said.

Another witness called 911 when the same afternoon he saw a southbound train on fire about 44 miles south of Lytton, just outside Boston Bar.


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Both CN Rail and CP Rail promised to cooperate with any investigation into the fire and promised financial support to Lytton residents.

CN promised $ 1.5 million, while CP Rail, which also runs through Lytton, pledged $ 1 million.

Residents of Lytton remain scattered in hotels, with family or in the handful of homes that still stand in the community.

A timeline or exact details of when residents may begin to return is still unclear at this time.

With files by Simon Little and Elizabeth McSheffrey

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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