Fire Marshal Mary Catherine Chewning reports that the blaze at International Paper caused significant structural damage late Saturday and early today. No firefighters were injured but one employee did sustain smoke inhalation and is said to be recovering.
The fire was reported around 10:30 p.m. Saturday; the last crews left at 4 this morning, she says. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation as of 10 a.m. Sunday.
Chewing did add that the installed sprinkler system at the plant helped prevent further damage.
Fire crews responded to a blaze at International Paper at 238 Mays Bridge Road off Alabama Highway early Sunday as shown in the photograph above from Northwest Georgia Scanner. We checked with Floyd E-911 around 5:30 a.m. Sunday and they report that fire crews have left the scene and things are stable. We’ll talk with a fire battalion chief later this morning.
Background: International Paper plans $150 million reinvestment in Coosa plant; to retain 500 jobs, perhaps add 40. That was the headline from December 2018 when the company announced a signficant upgrade to the Coosa plant. At the time, International Paper employed 480 people in the production of linerboard. It began operating in 1954 as a joint venture between Mead Corpo. and Inland Container, and became part of International Paper in 2012. For more.