Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:38

NW Pa. paper mill still running after tunnel fire

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dom logoA northwestern Pennsylvania paper mill is still in business even as state police investigate the cause of a fire in a conveyor tunnel used to deliver wood chips to the plant.

The fire was reported Friday about 12:30 p.m. at the Domtar Paper Co. site in Johnsonburg, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Nearly 200 firefighters from 25 departments in six counties helped battle the blaze until about 11 a.m. Saturday. Nobody was injured.

Domtar spokesman Craig Timm says the plant is using a manual backup system to deliver chips, while a fire marshal investigates the cause of the fire in a 1,000-foot tunnel beneath the 125-year-old plant.

Police say extensive damage to the tunnel might delay that investigation several days.

Timm says he can't comment on the investigation or on any damage estimate.

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About Domtar

Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and adult incontinence products. The foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fiber converting assets that produce papergrade, fluff and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America with recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice®. Domtar is also a leading marketer and producer of a complete line of incontinence care products marketed primarily under the Attends® brand name as well as baby diapers. Domtar owns and operates Ariva®, a network of strategically located paper and printing supplies distribution facilities. In 2012, Domtar had sales of US$5.5 billion from some 50 countries. The Company employs approximately 9,900 people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

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