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Fibre Fire

Posted on 10th July 2013 at 16:04

The sprinkler system on Paper Machine #10 at Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging is getting credit for helping to control a fire that broke out yesterday afternoon. Longview Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Taylor says that the alarm call came in shortly after noon yesterday, with the Fibre Emergency Response Team reporting that flames were visible in the area of the machine, also going through the overhead roof vents. Taylor says light smoke was showing as fire crews arrived; once inside the building, it was discovered that the fire had spread from the machine to the roof vents, along with several spots along the assembly line. The sprinkler system contained most of the fire, while hose lines were deployed to knock down several hot spots. Taylor says that this fire could have been much more complicated, but the sprinkler system helped keep the fire in check. Firefighters were at the facility for a couple of hours; officials with Fibre say that damage was “minimal.” No injuries were reported.