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Efforts to put out Georgia-Pacific plant fire still ongoing

Posted: 10:33 AM, May 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-14 17:10:40Z
Muskogee explosion

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Some Georgia-Pacific employees are at work Tuesday after a massive fire broke out late Monday night at the paper plant, which is one of Muskogee's largest employers.

Power plant workers are at work Tuesday, while employees in other areas of Georgia-Pacific are not working after they say they got a call saying not to come to work, and to stay at home until operations are safe.

Five people were treated after the fire, four of which were taken to a local hospital. Three of them were released and one was kept overnight. Officials believe it was all from smoke inhalation.

Areas of the plant are still smoldering as of Tuesday morning. Once flames are out, officials will be able to assess damage and have meetings to determine how they will move forward.

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Sixty-five employees were in the converting area when the fire and explosion happened Monday night just after 9:30 p.m.

Over 100 employees were in the building last night in all departments. All of the employees were accounted for within the hour.

The area that burned is where the company converts large rolls of paper into toilet paper, tissue and paper towels, which officials say is a significant part of the mill.

The company employs about 800 people, but counting subcontractors, the total is closer to 3,000. The economic impact of the fire is expected to be substantial.

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