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Fire causes damage at Halltown Paperboard warehouse

August 23, 2010

HALLTOWN, W.Va. -- A mid-afternoon fire Monday damaged machinery and a warehouse section of Halltown Paperboard, according to Independent Fire Co. Chief Ed Smith.

There were no injuries. Firefighters managed to isolate the damage to the warehouse, Smith said.

The call came in shortly after 3 p.m.

"We found heavy smoke but no people in the warehouse section. They were already evacuated," he said.

The plant is on Halltown Road near its intersection with the U.S. 340 bypass.

The fire started when a heavy shredding machine overheated, Smith said.

Company workers used machinery to push smoking bales of waste paper out to the dock, where firefighters soaked them with water.

Six area fire departments from Jefferson and Berkeley counties and Loudoun County, Va., responded.

The plant turns waste paper and cardboard into cardboard.

-- Richard F. Belisle

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