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Corrigan GP plant resumes operations; 3 victims still in critical condition

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Emergency vehicles at the entrance to the Georgia-Pacific plywood plant (Source: KTRE staff) Emergency vehicles at the entrance to the Georgia-Pacific plywood plant (Source: KTRE staff)
CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) -

After idling for about three weeks following a fire, the Georgia-Pacific plant in Corrigan has resumed operations, according to a company spokesman.

Eric Abercrombie said the plant opened Tuesday, with the sanding area still closed following the fire on April 26.

"We're still repairing that area, but we can continue other operations," Abercrombie said.

OSHA officials gave GP the green light last week to resume operations, Abercrombie said. Since then, plant employees got the plant ready to resume and it started back up Tuesday.

In the three weeks it took for OSHA to investigate the plant, Abercrombie said GP filed unemployment for about 300 workers. But now they are able to go back to work, with those who worked in the sanding area cross-training in other areas.

Four workers were life-flighted to Houston with severe injuries when the fire broke out. One of them, who Corrigan police identified as Ralph Figgs, has since been released. Three others, who police identified as Charles Kovar, Jimmy Williams and Kenneth Morris, remain in critical condition, Abercrombie said.

The fire occurred the night of April 26, when a fire broke out in the bag house, a grain silo-type structure on the plant.

No report from OSHA is available, as the investigation continues.

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