170 workers laid off after Rutland Plywood fire
RUTLAND (AP) -- Fire raged through the building housing the Rutland Plywood Corp. early Thursday, destroying the business and leaving 170 employees without a place to work.
Firefighters first responded to the building in Rutland Town late Wednesday afternoon, thought they had extinguished it later that evening, but got a call at about 1 a.m. Thursday that it was burning again.
One firefighter suffered an ankle injury, but there were no other injuries, officials said.
"My heart goes out to Rutland Plywood and the 170 employees who lost their jobs in this morning’s fire," Gov. Shumlin said in a statement issued by his office.
Shumlin said the state Department of Labor was deploying a rapid-response team to Rutland to work with laid-off workers and the company’s human resources department.
Shumlin urged other employers in the region who might be willing to hire Rutland Plywood workers during the time the plant is not operating to contact the Department of Labor at 802-828-4151.
"This fire hit the Rutland region hardest, but with workers and their families also living in communities like Bennington and Springfield, the impact will be felt throughout the region," the governor said. "We will do everything possible to get financial assistance to displaced workers as quickly as possible, and help Rutland Plywood get this plant back online."
Firefighters don’t believe the fires were suspicious; rather they were believed caused by a mechanical failure at the plant.
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