Fire Does $1.5M in Damage to Arkansas Plant

July 18, 2012

Production has been stalled after a weekend fire did $1.5 million in damage to an oil pipe manufacturing plant in Little Rock, Ark.

Welspun President Dave Delie told KLRT-TV Monday the company has enough pipes on hand to continue shipments for weeks.

Fire officials say the fire started about 5 a.m. Saturday and destroyed the electrical room that runs all the machines used to make oil pipes. Officials believe electrical equipment in the control room overheated and caught fire.

No one was injured.

All the equipment in the room was destroyed.

Delie says the fire means all the new jobs the company plans to bring in to help with the Keystone oil pipeline project will have to wait until they know how long repairs will take.

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