Augusta Newsprint fire caused by equipment overheating

Monday, June 20, 2011 11:26 PM
Last updated Tuesday, June 21, 2011 4:35 PM
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Authorities have determined a fire at Augusta Newsprint late Monday was the result of overheating.

Firefighters were called to the company at 2434 Doug Barnard Parkway around 9:45 p.m. after a machine feeding wood chips and tree bark into a hopper overheated and started a fire, according to Richmond County Fire Department's Capt. Jack Womack.

Firefighters had to run hoses through several floors to eliminate the flames running along a conveyer belt through the building.

One firefighter was sent to the hospital after dehydrating at the scene, Womack said.

This is the second time firefighters have been called to the company in the last week.

Authorities also responded to a fire during the day June 15, Womack said an incident report showed the fire had been brought under control by an on-site crew by the time firefighters arrived.

Jay Bacus, mill manager, said there was minimal damage to the equipment.

 

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woodymeister
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woodymeister 06/21/11 - 12:29 pm
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Slow news day AC?

Slow news day AC?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/21/11 - 01:37 pm
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You're right woody. Fire

You're right woody. Fire department was called and they went. End of story.

woodymeister
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woodymeister 06/21/11 - 05:00 pm
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I understand they had logs

I understand they had logs delivered the other day. Wonder what they do with them....maybe some more in-depth and riveting investigative reporting will uncover this little know secret. Good grief!

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