Emergency crews respond to explosion at paper plant in Muskogee

Muskogee explosion 2; 13 May 2019 (Courtesy of Derrick Abel).jpg
Muskogee explosion 2; 13 May 2019 (Courtesy of Derrick Abel).jpg

The Muskogee County Sheriff's Office says they are responding to the Georgia-Pacific paper plant after reports of an explosion.

The Muskogee Fire Department says there have only been two injuries reported but both non-life-threatening. There are no fatalities, according to the Muskogee Fire Department.

County Commissioner Ken Doke posted on his Facebook page that all GP staff have been accounted for.

Tom Strother, the Public Affairs Manager with Georgia-Pacific, released a statement about the explosion and fire:

We’ve had a significant fire at the Muskogee mill in our paper warehousing and converting area. Both the mill emergency team and local fire departments and first responders are on the scene working to manage and extinguish the fire. All employees and contractors were evacuated safely from the area and are accounted for.
We don’t yet know the extent of the damage or the cause of the fire.
Our first priority is to ensure that all employees are safe and that the fire teams are able to do their job in dealing with the fire. We do appreciate all the support that we are getting from our local first responders.

This is a developing story.