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Woodland Scenics buildings damaged by fire

Published: January 6, 2012
A fire struck a pair of buildings at model scenery manufacturer Woodland Scenics Thursday in Linn Creek, Mo.

The blaze damaged two small portions of the company’s manufacturing facilities, said Gale Cousins, Woodland Scenics director of sales and customer service, in an email.

“The good news is that no one was hurt during the fire or evacuation process,” he said.

According to local newspaper the Jefferson City News Tribune, the fire cause of the fire was unknown, and it drained the town’s water supply. The fire started in a roof area that serves two buildings that are part of the factory.

“Our shipping department, warehouse and corporate offices were spared any damage,” Cousins said, “as were most of our manufacturing buildings, so it’s business as usual.”

Woodland Scenics employs about 150 people, and the entire complex had been evacuated before firefighters arrived, the News Tribune reported.

Nine fire departments and were needed to control the fire, which was so intense that all the available water in Linn Creek was used to combat the fire’s spread. Water was brought in from neighboring towns and Linn Creek’s two water towers were drained, according to the News Tribune.

Linn Creek, located about 50 miles southwest of Jefferson City, Mo., has a population of about 250 people.