Firefighters respond to a fire at the Verso paper mill in Jay and were able to put it out and clear the scene in 90 minutes.

Franklin County dispatched fire crews at 12:23 p.m. and the scene was clear before 2 p.m.

The original call was for a chemical fire but dispatchers had no further details on what burned.

Verso announced this summer that it was cutting 300 jobs – one-third of its workforce in Jay – and shutting down a pulp dryer and a paper machine at the mill because of declining demand coupled with high energy costs and property taxes.

The mill has the capacity to produce more than 1,900 tons per day of coated groundwood and coated free-sheet papers.


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