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Fire crews attack blaze at Longview, Washington Nippon Dynawave paper mill

PORTLAND, Ore. (From news reports) -- Fire crews are on the scene of a large commercial fire that began Tuesday night, July 18, at Nippon Dynawave Packaging in Longview, officials say.

According to Terry Sinkler of Cowlitz County Fire District, crews are attacking the blaze at 1700 Industrial Way, and black smoke has reached as far as Woodland.

Sinkler said the fire started in some wood chips and may have spread to a nearby barge with more wood chips on board. So far, officials say the fire has been contained and no injuries have been recorded.

Fire personnel on scene say motorists should avoid the area to "reduce congestion that could inhibit responding resources."

As of 4:30 a.m., fire officials said the blaze is still going and crews are expected to remain on the scene into the day.

Authorities said the fire is still contained to the site and no injuries have been reported.

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