Although polyethylene pipe production restarted April 29, officials at Flying W Plastics Inc. in Glenville, W.Va., were unsure when they might start full production at its plant, where a warehouse burned April 24.Dwight Montgomery, plant manager for the PVC and PE sewer and drain pipe and fitting-maker, said all five of the firm's extrusion lines were idled after the fire, which destroyed a 40,000-square-foot warehouse adjacent to the main manufacturing area .``We intend to rebuild,'' Mont-gomery said by telephone. No official cause for the blaze had been determined, but officials thought a welder's torch may have ``ignited something,'' he said. About 1.5 million pounds of raw material s were stored in the building, which also housed the firm's grinding and other machinery, Montgomery said.The blaze broke out about 9:30 a.m., and eyewitnesses reported heavy smoke and fumes, which caused emergency forces to evacua te a nearby elementary school.Montgomery said no one was injured in the blaze, and state and federal environmental officials had been to the site to begin assessing any possible contamination.He said the company had built retention pools to contain runoff of potentially hazardous chlorine and other chemicals, and was cooperating in the cleanup effort.
FLYING W REOPENS PE PIPE LINE
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