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Update: KapStone restarts paper machine after fire

LONGVIEW, Washington (From the Daily News) -- KapStone has restarted its biggest paper machine after a fire caused minor damage Tuesday.

Paper No. 10 was down for scheduled maintenance when the fire started at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday. Crews from Longview Fire and Cowlitz 2 responded to the incident, although the fire was mostly controlled using KapStone's own hoses and sprinkler system.

The fire was out by the time firefighters arrived, but there were still hot spots on the machine's hood and above the machine on the roof. Firefighters were only on scene for about an hour, but KapStone employees worked until about midday to mop up.

After the fire was extinguished, workers made minor repairs and restarted it Tuesday night without any major problems, the company said Wednesday. No. 10 is the Longview mill's top-producing paper machine. The financial impact of the incident wasn't clear Wednesday, and the company still is investigating the cause of the fire.

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