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Laurentian Valley and Pembroke fire departments team up to fight fire at MDF plant

By Pembroke Daily Observer

A fire broke out at the Pembroke MDF Plant on May 15 shortly before noon.

A fire broke out at the Pembroke MDF Plant on May 15 shortly before noon.

LAURENTIAN VALLEY - There were no injuries in a fire at the Pembroke MDF plant east of the city Tuesday. 

According to a statement released Tuesday evening from Roseburg, the plant's owners, flames broke out at around 11:40 p.m. in the press area and spread to the roof. The Laurentian Valley Fire Department was called to the scene and supported by the Pembroke Fire Department’s aerial truck.

The two fire departments worked together to battle the blaze until after 3 p.m. Both departments also assisted Roseburg’s onsite emergency team in extinguishing the fire, which generated a column of smoke that could be seen from Fibreboard Drive and Highway 17. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

According to the company, the press line is expected to be down for several days for damage assessment, clean up and repair. The moulding and finishing lines are expected to resume operations Wednesday. Roseburg completed the purchase of the MDF plant in April.

“We are grateful to the local fire department personnel and our own Pembroke employees for their quick response to the incident, and we are relieved that no injuries were reported as a result of the fire,” Roseburg Pembroke MDF Plant Manager Alex Ouellette. “We look forward to getting the press back online and our employees safely back to work as soon as possible.”



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