UPDATE: Pembroke Mill Fire Deemed Non-Suspicious

The fire that destroyed a lumber mill on Boundary Road in Pembroke this month has been deemed non-suspicious, and was likely caused by a mechanical failure. 

That’s what the Fire Marshal's Office has concluded following its investigation into the January 2 blaze at the Heideman & Sons Planing Mill. 

Pembroke Fire Chief Dan Herback shared the news on Friday morning.

"There was no suspicion whatsoever on this fire", Herback said.

"The Fire Marshal's Office considered that it was going to be a mehanical failure; sparks from a motor or an auger, or something to that effect", Herback said.

Herback says the Fire Marshal's Office has yet to submit its final written report, which it typically does within 60 days after a fire, but has indicated to him that the mechnical determination will be the final ruling.

Nobody was injured in fire, which also brought down a key power line, leading to a 10-hour blackout across the city.  

Heideman’s, which was planning to close the Pembroke mill, has said its focus is now turning to expanding its Eganville operations.