Fire Burns All Day at IA Paper Plant

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 12:07 PM gHale

Smoke rises from a large fire at International Paper Saturday. Firefighters from Cedar Rapids and around the area battled the fire for a good part of the day. 

A stubborn fire at International Paper’s Cedar Rapids, IA, facility continued to burn for most of the day, officials said.

Cedar Rapids firefighters initially got the call of an industrial fire at 8 a.m. Saturday. But by Saturday night, the fire at the paper milling facility was under control but continued to burn, city officials said.

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The fire posed no threat to the rest of the plant or to the community, officials said.

Cedar Rapids Fire Department deployed all six engines and received assistance from the Ely, Fairfax, Hiawatha, Marion, Mount Vernon and Swisher fire departments, as well as Area Ambulance. 

Firefighters planned to work through the night to contain the fire.

Crews at the scene were working to move paper and cardboard out of the buildings, officials said.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries and ended up treated and released. There were no other injuries in the incident.

Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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