Investigators have not found any evidence that train activity near the village of Lytton, B.C., was responsible for the catastrophic fire that engulfed the community in June, the Transportation Safety Board has announced.
The findings released Thursday refute residents’ allegations that passing trains with CN or CP rail started the fire. Locals have said they believed sparks flying from the railway likely ignited bone-dry terrain, which was made prone to fire by an extreme heat wave that week.
Still, after months of “significant investigative work,” the board says its team hasn’t found a connection.
“The TSB investigation has not revealed any evidence to link railway operations to the fire,” it said in a statement.
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