ROCKLIN, CA -- Fire investigators are still trying to determine the precise cause of a June 2 sawdust fire at SierraPine's MDF mill in Rocklin. 

The fire, which reportedly started in the press area and traveled up ductwork of the plant's air scrubber, came close to igniting sodium hydroxide, known more commonly as caustic soda or lye, according to the Rocklin Placer Herald. The Herald reported that flames shot about 15 feet through the roof of the mill.

SierraPine workers reportedly helped firefighters tear down the fiberglass scrubber pipe to prevent a potential explosion and to vent the fire.

No injuries were reported.
 
Posted by Rich Christianson 

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