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Fire destroys water treatment plant on Piapot First Nation – 980 CJME

by ahnationtalk on October 30, 2018106 Views

October 30, 2018

A fire overnight on Monday has left the water treatment facility on the Piapot First Nation in a smouldering ruin and the community with no access to drinking water.

Ira Lavallee is an elected councillor for Piapot First Nation and spoke with 980 CJME Tuesday morning. He said they do not know what caused the fire but it started inside facility late Monday night. The embers then sparked a grass fire which was controlled but still burning as of Tuesday morning.

Lavallee explained the building was closed for the night but the operator was first alerted by an alarm at 11:30 p.m. and went to check it out.

“The building was filled with smoke and the fire inside the building was already too far gone for her or anyone to do anything about it,” he said.

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