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No Injuries in Creedmoor Lumber Mill Fire

Posted October 8, 2007

— A fire late Sunday ripped through a Granville County lumber mill, authorities said.

The fire started shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday in the kiln area of the Georgia-Pacific operation at 2128 Hoerner Waldorf Road in Creedmoor, authorities said.

"It's actually where we take our wood and we put it under heat for about a 15- to 20-hour process, and it takes the moisture out and gets it ready for market," plant manager Bill Collins said.

The plant doesn't operate on weekends, so few employees were around, Collins said. No injuries were reported.

"(The) main thing is nobody was hurt. Everybody is safe," he said.

Firefighters from more than a dozen area fire departments responded to the fire. But the location of the fire made it difficult to put out, authorities said.

"We set up a water shuttle operation due to the large amount of fire and (limited) water resources in the area. We were able to shuttle water back and forth and set up portable water tanks in the area," said Robert Way, Creedmoor fire safety officer.

The fire posed no danger to nearby residents, Way said.

"It was just regular, ordinary, combustible wood. There wasn't any chemicals or anything involved in it," he said. "There's always an opportunity where the fire could have expanded, but we were able to knock it down pretty quick."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Collins said he wasn't sure when the plant, which ships lumber along the East Coast, would reopen.


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  • shine Oct 9, 2007

    V Rod......... When did they shut down the Ahoskie mill.. I was just there last Thursday and did not notice anything different but I guess the 'log yard' there has always been such a staple.

  • iamforjustice Oct 8, 2007

    This is a sign of the times. Everyone better get on their hands and knees and start praying. There is too much devilish acts in this world. The world needs to get saved like me.

  • TechRescue Oct 8, 2007

    And if you're already a firefighter, train as if your life depends on it - because it does.

  • TechRescue Oct 8, 2007

    They lost one of two dry kilns - everything else there is fine.

    There are a lot of tired firefighters at work somewhere today, but because of their efforts a lot of people still have a place to go to work. This is National Fire Prevention week, and many Departments are having open houses - Bayleaf had one Sunday. In counties like Granville where there is no specific fire tax, this is the time of year when they raise money to allow them to operate and serve the public. Creedmoor's annual fundraiser is this Saturday, parade, homemade stew - and some good people who donate a large chunk of time to their community.

    Support your local Fire Department - and volunteer if you can. You'll deal with training headaches, lose some sleep, be bored occasionally, and sometimes have to put up with petty politics. However, if you learn your job and do it well, one day you'll be the difference between someone living and dying - and that's something to be proud of.

  • V Rod Oct 8, 2007

    GP has just shut down the mill in Ahoskie, I hope this is not reason to shut down one more mill.

  • dogsrule12cheek Oct 8, 2007

    expect prices of lumber to go up, i use to work at a lumberyard
    thats not good.

  • headlong Oct 8, 2007

    Thank Goodness no one was hurt. At any given time of day or night their parking lot seems full. There has been nights I have passed thinking the place was on fire with those stacks and the orange parking lot lights.

    God1...No just the front of the plant where the big smoke stacks are has a lot of damage.

  • sorry Oct 8, 2007

    Did the whole thing burn down ??