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Explosion rocks Warsaw plant

A vapor explosion of fuel tanks at a Kosciusko County business Wednesday rocked the plant but caused no injuries, according to a statement from the Warsaw Fire Department.

About 9:25 p.m., the Kosciusko County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from the RR Donnelly East Plant about a fire in the roll paper storage area.

The Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory firefighters and the Multi-Township EMS were dispatched to the plant to find that numerous employees had contained the fire, using portable extinguishers and a fire attack hose to assist the sprinkling system.

The fire department credited their actions for keeping the fire in check until firefighting crews could extinguish the fire.

An investigation determined a lift hoist tow motor used to lift large rolls of paper for the printing presses had somehow become involved in a fire. The fire extended to the LP fuel tanks, which had a boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion, that damaged a number of doors.

The compression from the explosion was reported as being heard and felt throughout the plant, which houses a number of large automated printing presses.

The lift hoist tow motor lifts the rolls of print paper from a stacked position and moves them within the structure.

As reported to the fire crews from RR Donnelly management, there was no one working in the immediate area of the fire.

The Winona Lake Fire Department and the Warsaw Police Department also assisted at the scene.

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