Friday, December 5, 2008

Fire on the Mountain

I strolled into Highwater Clays the other day and was told there was no more F4 available due to a fire at the plant. Here's a small write up about the fire in case you missed it.....

SPRUCE PINE, N.C., Dec. 5 NC-ATF-plant-fire

No Evidence of Foul Play Discovered

SPRUCE PINE, N.C., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, along with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, has concluded the fire investigation at the Unimin Industrial Plant in Spruce Pine, NC. The fire occurred on Saturday, November 29th, and resulted in the activation of special agents and fire investigators from the SBI and the ATF National Response Team.

Zebedee T. Graham, special agent in charge of the ATF Charlotte Field Division expressed his appreciation to the management and staff of the Unimin Plant for their complete cooperation throughout the investigation. SAC Graham advises the investigation uncovered no indication of foul play or criminal activity that may have contributed to the cause of the fire. Investigators are confident the fire began in the flotation control room near the center of the manufacturing facility. Due to the extensive fire and water damage in this area all possible accidental ignition sources could not be eliminated as the cause of the fire. The official determination of the cause of this fire will be "undetermined."

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