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Muskogee paper plant official says no jobs will be lost due to fire

Posted at 3:25 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 16:32:32-04

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Georgia-Pacific said on Wednesday it was able to conduct an assessment of one of its buildings after a propane truck appeared to explode on Monday night and spark a major fire.

Tom Strother, the public affairs manager for the company said there still are a few hot spots. Some employees are working on power and maintenance, he said.

The Muskogee paper plant is the largest industrial employer in the town with 800 employees, but including subcontractors it's about 3,000 workers. The massive fire caused some to worry they may be missing several days of work or possibly out of a job, but Strother says that isn’t happening.

The majority of employees will be back to work sooner than later, he said on Wednesday.

"You can rebuild machines, you can rebuild buildings, people are your No. 1 resource and your No. 1 priority, and we’re just thankful we were able to get everyone out alive," Strother told 2 Works For You.

The incident resulted in only a handful of people having to be treated for things like smoke inhalation.

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