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Machine Fire at Procter & Gamble Plant in Wisconsin

February 25, 2020

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Machine Fire at Procter & Gamble Plant in Wisconsin
Fire personnel responding to the fire at the Procter & Gamble plant in Green Bay, WI on Monday. Image courtesy of Green Bay Metro Fire Department

Firefighters responded to a Procter & Gamble (P&G) production facility in Green Bay, WI on Monday after a fire ignited in a paper machine, according to the Green Bay Metro Fire Department (GBMFD).

Crews were called to the site around noon and arrive at the scene to find heavy smoke and “fire in numerous locations” in the equipment, the fire department said in a press release posted to its Facebook page. Several other area fire departments also responded to the incident

“Due to the complexity and labor intensiveness of fighting the fire, the call was upgraded to the [second] alarm level,” GBMFD said. “Fire crews worked with plant personnel for several hours to open up the machine to locate and extinguish the fire.”

Fire officials told television news station WNCY that other pieces of paper production machinery were not damaged during the response.

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“The rest of their paper machines were still turning out paper as normal.” Green Bay Battalion Chief Drew Spielman said in an interview with the broadcaster. “In fact, that machine will probably, after some repairs, be up and running again in 24 hours.”

Another blaze broke out in a paper machine at the P&G plant in Green Bay in May 2018 that prompted a response from several GBMFD units. 

P&G’s Green Bay facility manufactures Bounty paper towels, Charmin toilet paper, and Puffs facial tissue, information on the company’s website said. 

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