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$1.2M damage estimate from Weston plant fire

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WESTON, WI (WTAQ) - Damage is estimated at $1.2 million from a fire at a plant near Wausau that makes hardwood flooring.

Authorities said a computerized sanding machine started on fire Thursday at a Weston business called From the Forest.

Sawdust was reportedly ignited from a spark in the machine. Employees tried putting out the fire with extinguishers – but that didn’t work, so they called 911.

Officials said the fire was put out quickly, and no one was hurt.

Damage was estimated at $200-,000 to the sanding machine, plus about $1 million in manufacturing flooring products that received damage from smoke and ash.

From the Forest operates two plants in Weston, which is east of Wausau. 

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