HOFFMAN PLASTIC ESCAPES FIRE DAMAGE

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PARAMOUNT, CALIF. — Contrary to reports broadcast on Los Angeles-area television stations, a Jan. 15 fire at Hoffman Plastic Compounds Inc. in Paramount did no damage to the 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.Operations man ager Archie Gayer said the fire broke out in a leased, 6,000-square-foot out-building where Hoffman stored some additives, paper products and fillers. There has been no estimate of the damages, the company said.``We lost some mater ials, which caused us a little hiccup as far as being able to make some products,'' Gayer said. ``But we were able to get replacement products and didn't skip a beat in manufacturing.''Gayer said the company sustained no damage to the main plant and there were no injuries. Although the cause of the fire is under investigation, Gayer said the probable cause was an overhead electrical light fixture. Customers hearing television news reports that Hoffman Plasti c Compounds had burned to the ground began inundating the plant with phone calls, Gayer said.Hoffman is a 25-year-old, privately held custom compounding company, and compounds more than 80 tons of materials daily. It employs 50.