Wood Pellet Plant Sustains $1M Loss in Fire

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 06/13/2013 3:26PM


SHOW LOW, AZ - Forest Energy Corp., a manufacturer of wood pellets, sustained damages to equipment and inventory estimated at $1 million in a fire Tuesday afternoon.

Forest Energy Corporation wood pellet plant fire The fire shut down portions of Highway 60 and forced the evacuation of nearby residents and businesses.

The Show Low Fire Department said the fire was triggered when an excavator moving logs caught fire. The fire spread through the log yard to the manufacturing plant and wood pellet storage area. No injuries were reported.

Water was dropped onto the facility by air tankers to squelch the blaze and prevent it from spreading further.

According to its website, Forest Energy Corp. manufactures wood pellets from recycled wood and biomass residue. The company's wood pellets are sold under the brand names Heat'rs, TerrAmigo and GreenTree. The company also makes animal bedding, densified fire logs, wax fire starter cubes and fire starter gel.


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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at rchristianson@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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