Fire breaks out at Weyerhaeuser


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Area firefighters are battling a blaze at Weyerhaeuser where reports stated the press machine caught fire Wednesday around 5 p.m.


Troy Brooks | The Tribune

A warehouse at Weyerhaeuser on Pride Way Road off of N.C. 268 caught fire Wednesday afternoon.

According to information obtained through radio communication between fire personnel and Surry County 911 communication center, the fire was started when the press machine caught fire. The fire was classified as a structure fire that included the attic area.

The dispatch went out around 5 p.m. C.C. Camp Volunteer Fire Department was the primary fire department that dispatched to the scene but other fire stations have also been reporting to the scene.

“We had a response from about six local fire department which is not unusual,” said Debbie Tadlock, mill manager at the Elkin Weyerhaeuser facility. “They did extinguish the fire. No one was hurt, but we did have a certain amount of damage which we are still assessing.”

The mill was working on issues from the fire Thursday, and everybody is still working safely through the issues, she reported.

Weyerhaeuser is a company that focuses on manufacturing wood and cellulose fiber products such as boards, as well as growing and harvesting trees in renewable cycles, and manufacturing and distributing building materials for homes and other structures.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“At this point we’re not sure of the real cause,” said Tadlock. “Right now we are currently focused on seeing equipment damage and assessing it and positioning ourselves to get started back up. We will be doing a full investigation of what started the fire later down the road.”

Area firefighters are battling a blaze at Weyerhaeuser where reports stated the press machine caught fire Wednesday around 5 p.m.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_0147-1.jpgArea firefighters are battling a blaze at Weyerhaeuser where reports stated the press machine caught fire Wednesday around 5 p.m. Troy Brooks | The Tribune

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