Fire breaks out at former Sappi Fine Paper mill in Muskegon, Michigan, where demolition crews are working; owner Melching hopes to develop site as industrial park

MUSKEGON, Michigan , April 25, 2012 () – Authorities say a fire broke out at a former paper mill in West Michigan where demolition crews are working.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports ( ) the fire started Wednesday morning at the north end of the former Sappi Fine Paper plant in Muskegon.

No injuries were reported.

Owner Doug Melching bought the plant last year and is demolishing the buildings to recycle materials. Melching says some employees were using cutting torches about four or five stories off the ground in the roof area on Wednesday. Sparks from the torches ignited a fire in some exposed wood.

Melching hopes to redevelop the site it as an industrial park.

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