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Officials battle blaze at mill

75,000 gallons of water used to extinguish burning paper bales

November 30, 2012
Daily Press

MANISTIQUE - The paper mill in Manistique has a soggy burnt mess to clean up after a fire broke out in a pile of paper bales Thursday night. No injuries were reported, according to Manistique Public Safety, which responded to the blaze.

Officers and volunteer firefighters were dispatched at 8:14 p.m. to the report of a fire at FutureMark Paper Mill at 453 S. Mackinac St. The business was formerly Manistique Papers.

"Mill employees reported that the fire was located in a large storage pile of paper bales located outside of the mill but adjacent to the southwest corner of the building, near the clippings shed," stated Public Safety Director Ken Golat in a news release this morning.

When firefighters arrived, mill employees were in the process of fighting the blaze - which involved about 900 large bales of paper, he said.

The bales had to be torn down to properly extinguish each one, slowing down firefighting efforts; the 21-degree temperature also hampered suppression efforts, according to the news release.



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