Emergency personnel took seven Georgia-Pacific employees to hospitals in Houston and Lufkin after they sustained injuries in a fire at the company’s plywood facility in Corrigan, according to GP spokesperson Eric Abercrombie.
Around 6:30 p.m. a fire broke out in the facility’s bag house, which stores dust from the process of polishing plywood panels, Abercrombie said.
Firefighters from Corrigan and Livingston responded to the fire and extinguished the blaze by around 8:30 p.m., according to Abercrombie. Four employees were taken by medical helicopter to Memorial Herman in Houston, and three employees were transported to a Lufkin hospital, he said.
The extent of the employees’ injuries was not available late Saturday night, but Abercrombie said at least one employee had been released from the Lufkin hospital.
Abercrombie said there was no structural damage to the bag house, but that the mill will not be operational until it’s safe for use.
The cause of the fire was still unknown late Saturday night, but it was under investigation.
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