October 27, 2021

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Wildfire | Lytton residents see the damage

(Lytton) A resident of Delta, British Columbia, who owns a house in Lytton that was destroyed by a wildfire that devastated the village, was shocked by the disaster he saw in a column in the area on Friday.


Hina Alam
The Canadian Press

Jennifer Thos was one of those who boarded the bus as part of a tour organized by the Thomson-Nicola Regional District to learn about the remains of the burned village at the end of June.

“It looks like powder. This is worrying, ”he explained.

The bus only crossed Main Street and residents were unable to get off, which caused “some frustration” among them, Mr said.Me Thos. Many would have loved to see the whole of Lytton, located northeast of Vancouver.

“Fraser Street, which runs parallel to Main Street, was occupied by many of the occupants of the bus or their apartments, including myself. It was not part of the official trip. They said it was impossible,” he said.

Photo Dorl Dyke, Canadian Press

Earlier on Friday, Federal Transport Minister Omar Alcabra ordered a 48-hour halt to all train traffic passing through Lytton, while residents made ancillary tours.

Unnoticed access to the regional district of Lytton is not secure, but work is underway to remove a path for residents to pass through the area.

Jennifer Thos said there was silence inside the bus. According to him, some people chose not to take the tour because it was “too emotional and too quick”.

One of them, Jeff Chapman, who lost both parents in the fire, appeared when the fire broke out. He understands that everyone has their own ways of mourning, and this visit was given to some, he said.

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“I’ll cry on my own,” Chapman said.

Another resident, Tricia Thorpe, said on Monday that her animals had revolted to escape the fire: puppies, albacos and sheep.

He said the discovery of his nine puppies and his 13-year-old “Bedas Cat, Simba” was “a glimmer of hope”.

“Our place was demolished. It was our dream of rest. It was sad,” he saidMe Thorpe, which was outside Central Lytton.

Photo Dorl Dyke, Canadian Press

Aerial view over Lytton

DSP investigation

Although local tribal leaders have argued that passing trains during the drought has worried people, the cause of the fire that destroyed most of the village and killed two people has not yet been released.

The visit comes as the Transport Safety Board of Canada (DSP) has announced an investigation into the cause of the fire, and new information points to the possibility that a freight train may have caused the incident. Sad.

More than 200 wildfires are burning in British Columbia. Recent heat wave and bending conditions combined have increased the risk of fire in many parts of the province to a high or extreme level.