UPDATED 4:55 P.M. May, 22: According to Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, Deputy Malone’s interview’s with Georgia Pacific supervisors revealed the fires at the GP particleboard plant Sunday was the result of a failed hanger bearing that caused a friction fire in the screening building. A supervisor told Malone that the sparks and embers from the friction fire ended up on a conveyor belt leading to the mill and the dry building and fell into two separate feed bins on the third floor which caught fire.
HOPE, AR – Firefighters were called out to the Georgia Pacific particleboard plant (formerly Temple Inland) in Hope for an equipment fire inside the plant late Sunday afternoon. Light smoke was visible but its source was not visible. Information is limited at this time and access to the property was denied to media by Georgia Pacific.
The Washington Fire Department was initially paged out for the fire at 4:47 p.m. Deann Fire Department Fire Department was called out to assist just before 5 p.m. Sunday evening to assist on the fire. The Hope Fire Department was requested by fire departments on scene at 6:07 p.m.
Hempstead County Deputies on scene notified dispatch the fire was contained at approximately 7:45 p.m.