Georgia-Pacific, Muskogee’s largest non-government employer, appears to be on fire, according to numerous witnesses.
Police, fire and ambulance personnel have not yet responded to requests for information.
A loud noise cracked through the Muskogee air an hour or so ago and then the building itself appeared to be engulfed in flames.
No words yet on any injuries.
UPDATE: We are hearing a roll truck exploded in the building where the large rolls of paper are stored.
Police are reporting that there was an explosion and then the fire started.
UPDATE: According to County Commissioner Ken Doke, all Georgia-Pacific staff have been accounted for. Doke is also asking that citizens don’t drive by the plant, because the traffic is impeding the work of emergency crews.
Muskogee Fire Department reports only two non-life-threatening injuries.
8 a.m. UPDATE: Four people were transported by Muskogee County EMS, according to spokeswoman Trish German. None had critical injuries. The fire department is still busy at the scene and no one is available for comment.
Every available fire truck in Muskogee responded to the scene, where a propane-powered clamp truck exploded after Georgia-Pacific’s fire brigade determined it wasn’t going to be able to extinguish a fire that started on the truck. The building was evacuated before the propane exploded.
The Muskogee Fire Department got the blaze under control at 5 a.m. today.
Only buildings 27 and 10 were engulfed. The mill is closed today.
Emergency officials are still working to put out several small fires and assess the damage, so they are still asking that onlookers don’t drive by the plant today, potentially impeding emergency vehicles.