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Fire at Resolute facility

THUNDER BAY, Ontario (From tbnewswatch) -- A chip bin at the Resolute Forest Products Saw Mill sustained significant damage as a result of a fire early Sunday morning, 5 Feb 2017.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue were called to the saw mill just after 9 a.m. Arriving crews saw smoke and fire coming from a woodchip bin that is used for loading trailers.

An aerial ladder was dispatched to attack the fire from above and 22 firefighters attended the scene. When the fire was cooled, the bottom of the bin was opened to allow firefighters to release the chips and apply water. The chips were then moved with a loader to a safe area and covered in a foam solution.

Fire crews were then able to extinguish hotspots that remained in the bin after it was empty.

There were no reports of injuries, though the chip bin sustained significant damage and will need to be repaired before it can be used again.

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