Paper machine burned in July 1 fire at Australian Paper's mill in Gippsland, Victoria, had 'minimal damage,' says company spokesperson; 24-hour maintenance was moved up to repair the scorched PM No. 4, determine extent of damages

LOS ANGELES , July 4, 2014 () –

PM No. 4 at Australian Paper Ltd.’s Maryvale paper mill in Gippsland, Victoria, is being checked out to determine the extent of damages caused by a fire on July 1, reported the Latrobe Valley Express on July 3.

A 24-hour maintenance job was moved up in order to make repairs to PM No. 4. The damage appeared to be largely superficial, a local fire official told the newspaper.

The repairs could take up to 30 hours, said a company spokesperson, noting that the fire was contained to a small section of PM No. 4 and “caused only minimal damage,” the Latrobe Valley Express reported.

The fire did not spread beyond the confines of the paper machine and involved only the paper on the roll and paper dust created by the paper manufacturing process, said the fire official.

Most of the fire was suppressed by onsite sprinkler systems even before local firefighters arrived at the scene, resulting in firefighters focusing on dousing hot spots, reported the Latrobe Valley Express.

The Maryvale mill has three pulp lines and five paper machines producing more than 500,000 tonnes/year of paper, most of which is sold as A4 copier paper, according to the company’s website.

Australian Paper is registered in Australia but owned by Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd., which is based in Japan.

The primary source of this article is the Latrobe Valley Express, Morwell, Victoria, Australia, on July 3, 2014. Click here to view full version of primary source's original article.

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