STRONG, ME – The state Fire Marshal’s office continues to look for clues to explain what caused the Aug. 8 explosion of Geneva Wood Fuels wood pellet mill.


According to the Morning Sentinel, a wood chip dryer exploded, causing significant damage to the plant and injuring three employees, none seriously. The plant has remained idle since the blast and will require repairs to the infrastructure and some replacement equipment.


The plant opened two years ago at the former Forster Mfg. toothpick and wood products mill. Investors reportedly spent about $13 million to convert and equip the plant. The wood pellet operation began running full time in March, creating 26 jobs.


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