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Fire injures workers at Georgia-Pacific plant in East Texas
CORRIGAN, Texas - By Tim Wetzel/KHOU 11 News and www.khou.com
Four workers remain hospitalized Sunday after a flash fire at a Georgia Pacific plywood plant in Corrigan on Saturday just north of Livingston.
According to Georgia-Pacific spokesman Eric Abercrombie, three of the workers are in critical condition while another is in fair condition after they were airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center after the incident.
Three other injured workers, who were taken by ambulance to a hospital in Lufkin, were released on Sunday, the spokesman said.
The flash fire happened around 6:30 p.m. at a plant where they manufacture plywood. According to firefighters, there was a problem with a sawdust collection system and the dust caught fire.
The fire happened in a "bag house," a place where plywood dust from the sanding process is collected for environmental safety and for wood pellets to be used as fuel. The spokesman said the dust is very combustible.
Georgia-Pacific is providing assistance to family members to stay here in Houston while the injured workers are being treated for burns. They are also providing employee assistance to any of the workers concerned after incident.
The company said the plant's operations will be shut down for an undetermined amount of time, while OSHA conducts its investigation.