KREMMLING - A fire at the Confluence Energy pellet plant on Tuesday evening has temporarily shut down the facility while repairs are made, but damage was largely contained and is not expected to affect long-term operations.
"The interior of the structure is fine; everything's intact," said Scott Spade, Kremmling chief of police.
The fire started outside the south wall of the structure at about 5 p.m. Nov. 29, 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, Spade said.
About 10 employees were working at the time, and no one was hurt.
Spade said the plant manager told him company officials hope to have the plant up and running as soon as possible - perhaps within a week - using employees to make repairs where practical. He said no layoffs are expected to result from the fire, and plans to further ramp up production are still on track.
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.