Damage minimal from plant blaze

By Lena Mitchell

A motor started the fire, which then spread to a barge.
DENNIS – A Sunday fire that burned wood chips that had been loaded onto a barge at Cooper Marine and Timberlands Inc. caused minimal damage, a company spokesperson said Monday.
A motor that operated a small conveyor belt caught fire, and a burning piece of rubber fell onto a pile of chips that had been loaded onto a barge, the spokesperson said.
Neither the company’s mill nor main operations were affected, and there was no disruption in Monday’s operations.
Six Tishomingo County volunteer fire departments and the sheriff’s office responded to the call Sunday night on County Road 1 in Dennis, said Bill Strickland, Tishomingo County’s emergency management director, and the fire in the chips was extinguished by chemical foam and water.
Strickland said there were no injuries, and he credited the quick response of the fire departments for the limited damage.