COTTONDALE, Fla. - A Jackson County energy-pellet plant has returned to safe operations following a fire Saturday morning.
A spokesperson for Enviva released this statement:
"Enviva's Cottondale Plant incurred minor damage due to a fire on Saturday, June 10th. Two employees were treated for smoke inhalation and have returned to work. After a thorough inspection, the plant returned to safe operations mid-afternoon on Saturday, June 10th. We appreciate the efforts by the local fire departments and first responders who quickly controlled the incident and ensured the health of employees."
A Jackson County energy-pellet plant is in need of some major repairs after a fire destroyed several of its conveyors.
Multiple fire department responded around 10:00 a.m. Saturday to Enviva's Cottondale facility located on Farren Ranch Road.
Marianna Fire officials said the fire started in one of the conveyors transferring wood pellets and spread quickly to other conveyors because the system was in operation.
Fire crews spent three hours getting the fire under control. Firefighters from Cottondale, Jackson County, Alford, and Graceville assisted Marianna crews.
Two workers who tried to help extinguish the fire before crews arrived were treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital, according to Marianna Fire officials.
While firefighters described the damage as "substantial," they said workers were able to resume production before they left the plant early Saturday afternoon.
The cause of the fire is undetermined.
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