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UPDATE: No injuries reported following Saturday fire at UP Paper in Manistique

When officers arrived, the found a fire had started in the paper machine on the second floor of the mill. The UP Paper fire team was also already trying to contain the fire.
Published: Apr. 10, 2021 at 3:43 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2021 at 11:23 AM EDT
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MANISTIQUE, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: More information has been released about a weekend fire at a Manistique paper mill.

According to Manistique Public Safety Department (MPSD), officers and volunteer firefighters were called to the fire at UP Paper, located at 402 West Elk Street, in Manistique, at 10:23 a.m. Saturday, April 10.

When officers arrived, the found a fire had started in the paper machine on the second floor of the mill. The UP Paper fire team was also already trying to contain the fire.

Public safety says their team and the UP Paper team were able to bring the fire under control about 45 minutes later, but hot spots were being extinguished for a couple hours. Public safety officers cleared the scene at 2:00 p.m.

After investigation, MPSD determined the fire began in the main paper machine before spreading to the roof through ventilation shafts. The roof fire was suppressed with fire extinguishers, public safety says.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

Public safety says the machine received minor damage and reports that UP Paper was fully operational within 20 hours of the incident.

Manistique Public Safety Department Director Kenneth Golat says, “The successful suppression of this fire with minimal damage was the results of an exceptional team effort by Manistique Public Safety and Volunteer Firefighters, UP Paper’s Fire Team and employees, and the Hiawatha Volunteer Fire Department who were called to the scene to assist with their aerial ladder truck.”

No other information has been released.

ORIGINAL STORY: A fire at UP Paper in Manistique Saturday morning started in a paper machine and spread to the roof.

According to sources, the fire was not big and was confined to the paper machine and a section of the roof. There were no injuries. There’s no word on how extensive the damage was or if the fire had any impact on the mill’s operations.

Public Safety officers with the Manistique Public Safety Department were called to scene around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. It’s unknown if any other departments were called in for mutual aid.

According to the company’s website, UP Paper LLC is a producer of natural (unbleached) kraft paper for packaging applications made from 100 percent recycled fiber. UP Paper was formed to operate the former Manistique Papers mill in Manistique. They began production in June 2016 with a focus exclusively on the growing market for natural kraft packaging paper.

They operate a single paper machine with a capacity of up to 120,000 tons.

The Mill is located on 99 acres in Manistique on the northern shore of Lake Michigan and has been manufacturing paper since 1920.

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