Former Georgia-Pacific plant destroyed in blaze; no injuries reported

by Associated Press

Published: February 10,2012

Tags: blaze, disaster, fire, forestry, lumber, manufacturing, plant, timber, trees, wood

GLOSTER — A fire has destroyed the former Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Gloster.

The Natchez Democrat reports fire units from several counties and Louisiana responded to the fire.

Amite County fire coordinator Sam Walsh says the plant was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. There were no injuries because workers had already left.

The mill closed in 2002, leaving 300 people without jobs. It reopened in 2005 and closed again in 2009, this time for good.

Workers have been cutting up and removing scrap metal and cleaning up the property.

Walsh says it appeared the fire started in the main administrative building and main plant building.

He says the fire is under investigation.

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