Fire starts in machine at Kapstone plant

By Liz Segrist
lsegrist@scbiznews.com
Published June 4, 2014

The second fire in a little more than a month occurred at the Kapstone paper plant in North Charleston early this morning, according to a news release from the North Charleston Fire Department.

A fire inside one of the machines on site extended into the ceiling above the unit.

Charleston County Consolidated dispatch received a call for a commercial fire at 12:59 a.m. at the plant on Virginia Avenue, and the first unit arrived at the scene at 1:05 a.m.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and cooled the equipment before leaving. Firefighters from North Charleston, Charleston, St. Andrews, Mount Pleasant and Summerville assisted with containing and putting out the fire.

No fire-related injuries were reported, and the last unit left the scene at 5:59 a.m. Kapstone did not return requests for comment this morning.

Another fire occurred at the plant May 2. The Kapstone Fire Brigade had contained that fire to the paper machine where it started when the North Charleston Fire Department arrived to assist.

The cause is under investigation, and no injuries were reported in that incident, either.

Northbrook, Ill.-based KapStone Paper and Packaging is a pulp and paper company. Kapstone has five chip mills in South Carolina. The North Charleston plant has three paper machines.

Reach staff writer Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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