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Published August 01 2012

Fire causes minor damage at Pactiv egg carton plant

MOORHEAD – Fire caused minor damage to a paper receiving bay this afternoon at the Pactiv egg carton production facility in Moorhead, which is still rebuilding from a massive two-day blaze that heavily damaged the plant in March.

Assistant Fire Chief Rich Eggert said the cause of the fire was unknown, and no employees were injured. He said a worker did a good job of using an industrial hose to keep the fire in check until firefighters arrived at the plant at 3010 42nd St. S.

The fire was reported at 1:12 p.m., and crews saw smoke rising from the roof as they arrived. Eggert said the smoke was escaping through preexisting holes in the roof, which is being rebuilt.

“It was a good thing, because most of the smoke went up right away instead of through the plant, along with the heat,” he said.

Roughly 60 firefighters from Moorhead and six other area departments fought the March 15-16 fire, which Moorhead Fire Chief Rich Duysen called the largest fire he’d seen in nearly 20 years.

When the call came about today’s fire, Eggert said the Moorhead Fire Department sent all of its crews to the site and immediately requested assistance from Fargo firefighters.

“We’re just thinking, not another two days hopefully,” he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528