Workers put out small blaze in paper machine at SCA Tissue mill in South Glens Falls, New York; operations not affected and paper machine is undamaged, says company official

LOS ANGELES , May 22, 2012 () – SCA Tissue Co. tissue mill staff put out a fire in a paper machine in South Glen Falls, New York, marking the sixth fire at this mill in the last six years, The Post-Star reported May 22.

The paper machine was not damaged in the blaze, and operations were not affected, said SCA spokeswoman Amy Belcourt.

She cited the mill's age--it is more than 100 years old--and the heat required to produce tissue products from recycled papers as among the major factors for these types of small fires.

Moreover, tissue products such as paper towels, napkins and toilet paper are thinner than other kinds of paper and can result in generating more paper dust that could ignite with the production process, Belcourt said.

Irving Tissue Co.’s mill in Fort Edward, New York, which makes similar products to the SCA Tissue mill, has seen at least four blazes in the last nine years, the Post-Star reported.

But paper mills that make heavier grades have shown minimal fire incidents. Finch Paper Co.’s mill in Glens Falls, New York, has reported none over the last decade and the International Paper Co. mill in Ticonderoga, New York, had one fire in 2001, according to Post-Star archives.

The primary source of this article is The Post-Star, Glens Falls, New York, on May 22, 2012.

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