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Fire causes temporary shutdown at Kruger tissue mill


January 12, 2016
By Cindy Macdonald


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Two of the three paper machines at Kruger Products’ Laurier mill in Gatineau, Que., have resumed operations following a fire on Saturday, Jan. 9.

The third machine is expected to re-start on Jan. 13.

According to a report in the Ottawa Citizen, firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after 1 a.m. The fire is believed to have begun in the plant’s electrical system, and damaged the transformers powering one of the paper machines.

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The Citizen says there were no injuries.

Kruger’s web site notes that the Laurier and Richelieu mills in the Outaouais region make up the Gatineau Manufacturing Site. This site manufactures a wide range of tissue products both for consumer and away-from-home markets. The Laurier mill has three paper machines as well as a warehouse, with paper manufacturing capacity of 253 tonnes per day.