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Fire at Pine Bluff wood pellet plant guts building

By The Associated Press

This article was published September 10, 2010 at 9:12 a.m.

— A fire at a wood pellet plant at Pine Bluff burned up to 850 tons of sawdust but none of the plant workers were injured.

The Thursday fire began at about 5:30 p.m. and burned well into the night. Plant controller John Weaver told the Pine Bluff Commercial that about 20 workers were on duty but all escaped without injury.

Weaver says a loader apparently caused a spark that set off a dust explosion that caught a storage bin on fire. The blaze spread to the plant’s production area.

The Fiber Resources Inc. plant produces barbecue wood chips, wood pellets and wood chip animal bedding.

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