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Explosion leads to fire and chemical spill at International Paper plant

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
RICHLAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

An explosion caused a fire at International Paper in Richland Thursday morning.  Employees were evacuated from the cardboard box manufacturing plant.  

Richland Fire Department arrived at the plant and quickly put out the small fire. The explosion blew out several walls inside the cardboard box manufacturing plant and also caused a toxic chemical to spill into the parking lot.  

Crews with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality assisted in cleaning up the chemical.

Fire officials say dust may have sparked another fire on the roof several hours later.

"As you can imagine dust can go a long ways," said Battalion Chief Brandon Weems of the Richland Fire Department.  "I think that's what caused our fire on the roof. "

The building was damaged, but, no one was injured. 

"We appreciate the immediate response of trained employees on-site to control the fire, and the quick response of local authorities to extinguish the fire," said IP spokesperson Laura Clark, 

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