Kremmling pellet plant ready to reopen after fire
December 2, 2011
KREMMLING – The Confluence Energy pellet plant is poised to reopen today, Dec. 2, after being closed since a fire on Tuesday evening.
Confluence energy CEO and founder Mark Mathis told the Sky-Hi News that not only is the plant reopening, the number of shifts will increase soon and the company is hiring as demand increases for the wood pellets it manufactures.
The Nov. 29 fire started outside the south wall of the structure at about 5 p.m., in the area of the vacuum system that removes dust from inside the plant. The heat from the fire was intense enough to ignite cardboard inside the wall, but the sprinkler system quickly doused those flames, said Kremmling Police Chief Scott Spade.
About 10 employees were working at the time, and no one was hurt.
Kremmling Fire Protection District, assisted by the Hot Sulphur Springs Fire Department, responded to the blaze.
The precise cause of the fire has not been determined, Spade said.