New Brunswick

Firefighters contain blaze at Twin Rivers Plaster Rock mill

A fire at a Plaster Rock sawmill sent a large plume of smoke over the northwestern New Brunswick community Friday.

Another mill fire broke out in Saint-André plant Thursday night

A fire broke out in the yard at the Twin Rivers Paper Company mill in Plaster Rock on Friday. (Facebook/Theodora Green)

A fire at a Plaster Rock sawmill sent a large plume of smoke over the northwestern New Brunswick community Friday.

A spokesperson for the Twin Rivers Paper Company said there were no injuries from the fire, which was contained to chip and bark piles.

"The company is undertaking an assessment of the cause and any damages," Paul Black said in an emailed statement Friday night. 

"Twin Rivers is working with all regulatory authorities, and thanks its employees and the first responders in the community for their efforts and personal sacrifice in keeping everyone safe."

There were no injuries to Twin Rivers employees.

Black said the fire started at about 4 p.m. and firefighters remained onsite for five or six hours.

"They kept a presence overnight in case of flare-ups," he said in an update Saturday. 

Black added that power was restored to the mill. 

"Production resumption has not yet been determined. Initial indications are that it is unlikely to be impacted for any material period of time."

It's the second mill fire in the province's northwest in less than 24 hours.

A fire broke out late Thursday at the SBC Cedar manufacturing plant in Saint-André, just north of Grand Falls.

Firefighters managed to protect the plant, but the blaze spread through the wood stored in the yard. It was still burning Friday morning, and fire crews will monitor and contain the situation while waiting for it to go out on its own.

There were no injuries during this incident.

With files from Radio-Canada


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