The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that a second worker from the Lakeland sawmill in Prince George has died following an explosion and fire at the mill.
The worker was one of 24 who were working in the sawmill when it exploded and burned at about 9:38 p.m. on April 23.
He was originally taken to University Hospital of Northern BC, and from there was taken by air ambulance to Edmonton for more specialized care. However, despite the best efforts of medical staff, he died there early on the evening of April 24.
The worker's identity will not be released until it is confirmed that all next of kin have been notified.
Another worker, Alan Little, died at the University Hospital of Northern BC in the early morning hours of April 24.
The Coroners Service has launched an investigation into the two deaths. The investigation will be undertaken in conjunction with the RCMP, the city of Prince George Fire Service, and WorkSafe BC.
The Coroners Service would like to express its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of both deceased, and also its sympathy to those injured in the blast.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
For more information, please contact:
Coroner, Strategic Programs
BC Coroners Service
250 356-9253 or 250 213-5020