The manager of Western Cascade Wood Products just west of Toledo said last weekend’s fire at their wood processing plant on Butler Bridge Road caused substantial damage to the debarking area of the plant, but that’s about all. No worker was working Sunday morning and the fire was put out by Toledo Fire Department with help from Newport Fire.
Plant Manager Ross Stock told NewsLincolnCounty.com that the fire broke out in the bark removal part of a tree’s journey from being tall and round to flat with a lot of right angles for building construction. Stock said the fire burned hot but was kept under control by quick acting Toledo Firefighters who also called on Newport Firefighters to jump in and help. No word released yet on the exact cause of the blaze.
Ross Stock said about 85 workers are affected by the fire but that the employees will get financial benefits to make up for their lost wages. Stock said all workers should be back on the job within two to three months. During that time Stock says his company will be making substantial upgrades to their machinery to make everyone’s job a little easier and a lot more efficient – making all employees a lot more productive.