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Industrial conveyor burns in Superior

A fire to an exterior conveyor belt at Stella-Jones early Tuesday morning won't keep the Superior railroad tie disposal plant down for long, said its division manager.

A fire to an exterior conveyor belt at Stella-Jones early Tuesday morning won’t keep the Superior railroad tie disposal plant down for long, said its division manager.
“It’s not that bad at all. Some paint, another belt and it should be pretty minimal to fix it,” said Jeff Brantley when reached by telephone after the early morning fire. “It looked worse than it was.”
The Superior Fire Department responded to 301 N. Fifth St., shortly after 2 a.m. to a fully engulfed exterior conveyor belt, it said in a news release.
Crews extinguished the fire and cleared the scene in a little more than an hour, said the fire department. There were no injuries. A revised estimate of damages from the fire department placed it at $50,000.
The belt that burned was conveying wood into a “wood hog” used for grinding railroad ties into biomass fuel, Brantley said.
Stella-Jones is a producer and marketer of pressure treated wood products and has facilities throughout the country, Brantley said. On its website, the company says it supplies North American railroad operators with ties and timbers, and electrical utilities and telecommunication companies with utility poles.
Captain Lindzi Campbell was part of the fire department’s response effort and could only say, “We’re still gathering information.”
Stella-Jones is headquartered in Saint-Laurent, Quebec.

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