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Columbia Forest Products Up and Running After Fire Friday Night

NEWPORT — Local firefighters are being commended for their quick response and teamwork on Friday night, as they contained and extinguished a fire at Columbia Forest Products. The fire broke out at around 6:30 p.m. inside the boiler room of the mill.

The mill was shut down for the Good Friday holiday. Newport City Firefighters and the Derby Line Fire Department quickly arrived on the scene, and the fire was extinguished.

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According to Columbia Forest Products plant manager Glenn Foster, everything seems to be back up and running with no delays in production.

“The boiler room was operating at one hundred percent capacity as of Saturday morning,” Foster said. “We do not see any interruption to normal production for Monday, April 21.”

The mill did not seem to suffer any major damage.

The Newport Police Department issued this statement on their Facebook page:

“Great job by the Newport City Fire Department Firefighters and Derby Line Fire Department Firefighters Friday evening at Columbia Forest Products. Another great save due to excellent team work. Thank you to the Newport Ambulance Service and the Newport Police Department for your assistance.”

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