Investigators looking into the cause of the fire that consumed the village of Lytton, B.C., in June have not found any evidence linking the fire to train activity in the area, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said in a report Thursday.
Residents have alleged for months that passing trains with CN or CP rail ignited or worsened the fire. Still, despite “significant” months-long investigation, the TSB said its team hasn’t found anything to indicate trains were involved.
The fire raced through the town on June 30, killing two people and leaving few buildings undamaged, after a heat wave pushed the temperature up to a Canadian record of 49.6 C in the town located 260 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.
The safety board sent investigators to the area in July to investigate any potential link to trains.
Canadian Pacific Railway said in a statement in July that it found nothing to indicate that any of its trains or equipment that passed through Lytton caused or contributed to the fire, while Canadian National said video footage posted on social media after the fire was not connected to Lytton.
A proposed class-action lawsuit filed in August on behalf of those who lost their homes or businesses in the village alleges CP and CN caused or contributed to the fire.
The allegations have not been proven in court and neither rail company has filed a statement of defence.
Source: CBC News