A serious fire erupted earlier this morning at the Aspen Planers sawmill, formerly referred to as ‘Site One’.

Merritt fire crews responded, with Fire Chief Dave Tomkinson labelling the fire as “significant”.

Two fire engines, one ladder truck and 21 firefighters were on scene battling the blaze, which was clearly seen from the street.

“The fire has involved both the mill structure and chip bins,” said Tomkinson.

“Crews have the upper hand, the fire in main mill building is contained and crews are working on smoldering chip bins presently.”

Crews are still on site as of 10:20 a.m.

There is no indication of cause at this time, although an investigation will follow to determine what sparked the fire.