Plant fire sending shockwaves through Muskogee

Credit: KJRH | Tulsa | Channel 2
Published on May 14, 2019 - Duration: 01:15s

Plant fire sending shockwaves through Muskogee

The residents of Muskogee are reacting Tuesday to the Georgia-Pacific plant explosion, which caused significant damage at the paper plant, one of Muskogee's largest employers.

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Plant fire sending shockwaves through Muskogee

WORKING INSIDE THE BUILDINGTHAT CAUGHT FIRE.

THEY SAYTHEY'RE SHAKEN UP BY THEINCIDENT..

AND AT THISTIME..

THEYDON'T KNOW WHEN THEY'LL BEABLE TO COME BACK TO WORK.VO GEORGIA PACIFIC IS THEFOURTHLARGEST EMPLOYER IN MUSKOGEEAND THE LARGESTMANUFACTURER..

WITH ABOUTEIGHT-HUNDRED WORKERS.

THECHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS IFYOU COUNT ALL THESUBCONTRACTORS WITH THECOMPANY..

THERE ARE ABOUTTHREE-THOUSAND WORKERS.

WETALKED TO A FORMER G-PEMPLOYEE WHO SAYS HE WORKEDAT THE PLANT FOR THIRTY-FIVEYEARS.

HE REMEMBERS THATSAFETY WAS ALWAYS A TOPPRIORITY..

AND THEY HADCONSTANT DRILLS.SOT (SCOTT WISELEY/FORMERGEORGIA PACIFIC EMPLOYEE)1:34- 48 "We practiced thatall the time how to get outof there.

There had beeninstances in my career outthere we evacuated severaltimes, we practiced it.They're good about it."CONTVO WHILE IT'S STILLUNCLEAR WHAT WILLHAPPEN TO THE WORKERSAFFECTED BY THE FIRE..

MANYARE COUNTING THEIRBLESSINGS IT WASN'T MUCHWORSE.

LIVE OFFICIALS WITHTHE CHAMBER OFCOMMERCE BELIEVE THESECONDARY EFFECTS OF THEEXPLOSION WILL BESUBSTANTIAL.

THEY SAYGEORGIA PACIFIC IS A BIGPART OF THIS COMMUNITY.REPORTING FROM MUSKOGEE,GITZEL PUENTE, 2 WORKS FORYOUWE'LL

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