UPDATE: Plymouth Weyerhaeuser Lumber Mill Partially Closed

The Weyerhaeuser Lumber Mill was not fully operational Wednesday, a day after fire broke out.

The plant, which is on the Martin-Washington county line, caught fire around 2pm Tuesday.

Weyerhaeuser spokeswoman Nancy Thompson says the fire broke out near the planer mill area and was contained late Tuesday afternoon.

Crews monitored hot-spots throughout the night until Wednesday morning.

Thompson tells us the damage is not as extensive as they first thought, but could not give us any specifics on the type of damage the plant received.

Thompson says the mill was partially open Wednesday and hoped to be fully operational by the end of the week.


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Three fire departments from two counties are battling a fire this afternoon at a lumber mill in Washington County.

Fire broke out around 2:00 p.m. at the Weyehaeuser lumber mill outside of Plymouth.

Nancy Thompson, Weyerhaeuser public affairs manager, tells WITN everyone was evacuated safely and there are no reports of injuries. The mill is across the road from the Domtar paper mill.

Thompson told WITN there was no damage estimate late Tuesday afternoon. 175 people work at the Weyerhaeuser facility.


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  • by Why does on Feb 16, 2012 at 03:41 PM
    everyone that does a manual labor job think they do "real work" or "man's work". This is the 21st century. There are no special skills to these jobs. Show up, shut up, and work. The rest of us have important things to do.. If you don't like it you should have spent more time studying...
  • by mary norman Location: plymouth nc on Feb 15, 2012 at 06:18 PM
    Everybody is worring about money what about God because it could has been woser off money will be here when you are dead.SO to all the fire deparrment thank you for every thing and God bless.YOU ALL, I MARY NORMAN comment on it Because i have and uncle red and aunt Carol. THE SPURILL FAMILY LOVE YOU,
  • by Me Location: Williamston on Feb 15, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    So glad no one was hurt and happy to hear the mill was not severely damaged. I have several friends who work there and they worried about their future. It was a tense few hours for alot of families. Good job employees!
  • by To ENC LEO on Feb 15, 2012 at 03:23 PM
    I fully agree with you. You put your lives on the line for us everyday for little pay and even less appreciation. Thank you for all you do.
  • by ain't buying it on Feb 15, 2012 at 02:57 PM
    An honest days work would kill half of you overpaid slackers. I was there.....I know what goes on inside so you can try to sell that story but no one is buying it. When we were on nights we could sleep if there was no break down. Literally sleep and nothing was said. I would have quit earlier than I did but it was the only time I got to rest. Moved on to bigger and better but I miss those easy nights of snoozing in the $$$.
  • by Marti Location: Vanceboro on Feb 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM
    I am very thankful that the associates were trained what to do to safely contain the fire before the departments arrived. Planer mills are full of dried lumber, fine sawdust and shavings. The mill employees should be commended for knowing the emergency procedures and evacuation routes so that no one was injured and the mill didn't burn down. Way to go Plymouth associates.
  • by WeyerhaeuserWife Location: Plymouth, NC on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM
    Thankful my husband has a job to go back to this morning. He works long,hard hours as do the rest of the men and women there. To " burn it all" maybe a week at the round table would give you an appreciation for a real mans job. Just sayin'
  • by Washington County Resident Location: Washington County on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM
    How dare you say burn it all. Some people depend on the income that is made there. I am thankful that everyone is ok and that they did not loose their jobs. Great job everyone. And for all that say they are overpaid.. shame on you.. I think that the ones that are clearly able to work but are sitting at home on their behinds drawing government checks.. you should be thankful that they still have their jobs so you can eat next week, while we have to live paycheck to paycheck!!!!!
  • by employee Location: millsite on Feb 15, 2012 at 09:53 AM
    To the person who wants to burn it all ...I see you as an employee at our sister plant and nothing in the world would please you better than for your competition to be removed from the race..I was one of the first people to see the fire and all I could see was my whole life going up in flames ..I called on every channel on the radio system for help and by the time I got there at least 8 or more people were already dragging hoses ....I was behind the nozzle man on the hose for a time and he was not willing to give up ......I looked through smoke on the planer deck and saw one lone employee not giving up either ..by the time the Fire Departments arrived the will of these two guys had beaten down the worst part of the fire ....My hat is off to these two guys for with out them we might all be looking at a different world today .......no amount of money can be paid to an employee to put their lives at a risk to save someone elses job.......so if you think we are overpaid stand next to a 50 ft fire with one little stream of water.
  • by employee25yrs Location: williamston on Feb 15, 2012 at 08:21 AM
    no one at wey.lumber makes $30/hr we're all union. i and everyone who works there knows each others payscale so don't lie anonymous. thanks to the guys who worked hard to save our mill.see yall tomorrow
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      by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 10:32 AM in reply to employee25yrs
      I said the pulp mill... wood products don't make that kind of money.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM in reply to
        Actually you didn't say at which mill you worked. You merely said the lumber mill makes nowhere near the money that the pulp mill does. When you said "even at that we pay more in taxes" etc, you were comparing yourself to someone on minimum wage not to the Weyerheauser workers. Reading your comment I also thought you worked at the sawmill. You made it appear that way.
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          by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:38 PM in reply to Anonymous
          sorry for the confusion
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