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Roseburg Forest Products sued in fatal Weed, California mill fire

A wood products company is being sued over the deadly mill fire that took place in Siskiyou County earlier this year. Previous coverage in video player above Attorneys allege that Roseburg Forest Products, based in Springfield, Oregon, and other companies put profits ahead of security, according to court documents filed Nov. 18. They claim their actions caused serious property damage and killed two people. The mill fire broke out on September 2 at the company’s facility in the small town of Weed off Interstate 5, about 280 miles northeast of San Francisco. According to Cal Fire, it burned just under 4,000 acres and destroyed more than 100 buildings. Watch coverage from the day the fire broke out in the video player below. Days after the fire broke out, the lumber company said it was investigating whether the fire was caused by a possible failure of a water spray jet used to cool the ash at its veneer mill. | Read more | A machine failure could have caused a deadly Weed mill fire, the company says. machine supplied by third party.” Court documents claim that fires had previously broken out daily at the mill due to the hot ash generated from wood chips, and it said the threat of encroachment was clear. Eight people whose property was destroyed in the fire Behind the lawsuit against the company are Benjamin Hornsby – Roseburg’s safety manager, Jeffery Lee – Roseburg’s operations manager and “Does 1-100”, according to court documents. The plant employs 145 people, although not all were on duty at the time, a spokesman told KCRA 3 at the time. Read the full lawsuit here. The plaintiffs are suing the company for damages. | Related | 2 people killed by weeds in a mill fire have been identified. KCRA 3 has reached out to Roseburg Forest Products but has not received any feedback at the time of publication. Roseburg Forest Products Co. also announced in September that while the investigation is not yet complete, it plans to allocate up to $50 million to a municipal restoration fund. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A wood products company is being sued over the deadly mill fire that took place in Siskiyou County this year.

  • Previous coverage in the video player above

Lawyers allege Springfield, Oregon-based Roseburg Forest Products and other companies put profits ahead of safety, according to court documents filed Nov. 18. They claim their actions caused serious property damage and killed two people.

The mill fire broke out September 2 at the company’s location in the small town of Weed off Interstate 5, about 280 miles northeast of San Francisco. According to Cal Fire, it burned just under 4,000 acres and destroyed more than 100 buildings. Watch coverage from the day the fire broke out in the video player below.

Days after the fire broke out, the lumber company said it was investigating whether the fire was caused by a possible failure of a water spray jet used to cool the ash at its veneer mill.

| Read more | According to the company, a machine failure in Weed could have led to a fatal mill fire

Roseburg Forest Products said in September that its mill produces its own electricity in a combined heat and power plant that runs on scrap wood, and the ejected ash is sprayed with cooling water by a “machine supplied by a third party”.

Court documents claim that fires had previously broken out daily at the mill due to the hot ash generated from wood chips and said the risk of encroachment was clear.

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Eight people whose property was destroyed by the fire are behind the lawsuit against the company, Benjamin Hornsby – Roseburg’s security manager, Jeffery Lee – Roseburg’s operations manager and “Does 1-100,” according to court documents.

The plant employs 145 people, although not all were on duty at the time, a spokesman told KCRA 3 at the time.

Read the full complaint here.

The plaintiffs are suing the company for damages.

| Related | 2 people killed by Weed in Mill Fire are identified

KCRA 3 has reached out to Roseburg Forest Products but has not received any feedback at the time of publication.

Roseburg Forest Products Co. also announced in September that while the investigation is ongoing, it plans to allocate up to $50 million to a community recovery fund.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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