Burned Trumann Plant to Resume Operations Today

MARCH 19, 2004 - Posted at 7:26 a.m. CDT

TRUMANN, AR - A forest products plant in Trumann that was damaged in a fire this week is expected to be back in operation today.

A saw motor exploded Tuesday, apparently because of friction, a spokesman for Columbia Forest Products said.  Previously, an electrical short was suspected.

John McIsaac, a spokesman for the Oregon-based company, said the incident was a fluke.

McIsaac says the fire began in the panel saw area of the plant and was contained quickly.  However, remnants of the fire spread to the bag house area, where an explosion occured.

Although the explosion caused production lines to be shut down for a few days, the company does not expect an overall slowdown in production.

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