Weyerhaeuser assessing damage from Tuesday fire

HEATERS, W.Va. — There is no timetable for a return to the production lines for the 163 workers at the Weyerhaeuser Lumber Plant in Braxton County that suffered damage from a fire that began Tuesday morning.

Nancy Thompson, Public Affairs Manager for Weyerhaeuser, said the company has begun the process of assessing damage, but said they are uncertain how much down time the fire will create for employees.

Some fire crews on scene before 10 am Tuesday morning remained on scene as late as 3 am Wednesday morning.

While firefighters are no longer on scene, Thompson said there are hot spots at the plant that will require additional monitoring.

The plant manufactures particle boards used in the floors of homes, and Thompson said early indications suggested the fire started while boards were in the process of drying.

Thompson also confirmed two minor injuries. An on-site independent contractor was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation.

Additionally, one employee was treated for minor burns.

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