Verso explosion investigation may last only one more week

Verso explosion investigation may last only one more week Click to Enlarge Photo: Brad Veenstra

Jun 6, 2012 at 7:28 am

SARTELL, MN (KNSI) - The investigation into the cause of an explosion and fire at the Verso paper mill in Sartell could be wrapped up by late next week. That's according to Sartell City Administrator Patti Gartland. The State Fire Marshal's Office is leading that investigation.

A large portion of a warehouse area of the plant was destroyed. That's where thousands of rolls of finished paper product burned. Those rolls weight one to four tons each, and the cost of that paper can run one-thousand dollars a ton.

Based on the number of rolls that were stored in the warehouse, the dollar loss in paper alone could run into the millions of dollars. Verso senior vice president and chief financial officer Robert Mundy says he hopes to have a preliminary dollar loss soon, and an idea of how long it will take to get the plant back into production.

Verso's top brass spent Tuesday in Washington DC meeting with Senator Amy Klobuchar to talk about ways to keep the paper mill running.

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