Two years after behemoth fire, 1st home rebuild begins in Lytton

By Elizabeth McSheffrey
Global News
December 21, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

LYTTON, BC — More than two years after a behemoth fire devastated Lytton and the neighbouring Lytton First Nation, cement has finally been poured on the village’s first home rebuild. Mayor Denise O’Connor said the first residential rebuild permit was issued in the fall. …The length of time it has taken for shovels to get into the ground has enraged many Lytton residents, with various archeological, debris removal and remediation delays prompting protest and dominating B.C. headlines. …The Village of Lytton is suing Canada’s two national railways and Transport Canada, alleging they were negligent in letting trains pass through the town during the deadly 2021 heat dome. …A 2022 report from the Transportation Safety Board, however, stated investigators could find no evidence that the wildfire was started from a spark from a train.

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