OTTAWA, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Safety investigators probing a
fire that destroyed a small town in western Canada in late June
have found no link to trains that were operating in the area, an
official report said on Thursday.
Two people died when a wildfire ripped through Lytton,
British Columbia. Amid suspicions the blaze might have been
started by sparks from freight train wheels, authorities ordered
Canadian National Railway Co and Canadian Pacific
Railway Ltd to temporarily reduce speeds.
Canada's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said it had
carried out "significant investigative work to determine if
there was a definitive connection" between trains running
through the town and the blaze.
"The TSB investigation has not identified any link between
railway operations and the fire," it said.
A CP train had passed through the town about 18 minutes
before the first report of a fire, the TSB said. A probe of the
train showed no signs of "hot bearings, burnt brake heads,
built-up tread, and other potential fire-creating causes."
CP said in July it had found nothing to indicate any of its
trains had caused or contributed to the fire, which erupted
during a record breaking heat wave.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren
Editing by Chris Reese and Diane Craft)