PORT ANGELES, WA – An early morning fire Saturday destroyed the control room at Peninsula Plywood’s mill, temporarily shutting down production.

According to the Peninsula Daily News, about half of the plant’s 135 employees had reported to work when a fire was discovered in the boiler room. The fire, suppressed by the plant’s sprinkler system, was put out by the local fire department.

While the fire did not damage the plant’s two boilers, it did destroy the control room from which they are monitored and operated. Damage was estimated at $500,000.

Cause of the fire was unknown. The plant has encountered two other smaller fires since it reopened March 1.

Read the Peninsula Daily News’ report.  

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