Charleston company plans to reopen after fire

CHARLESTON (AP) - A company that makes wooden pallets in Charleston says it wants to reopen after a devastating fire that incinerated its main assembly building.

The Tuesday fire at Medlock Forest Products claimed machinery, tools and about 4,000 wooden pallets. About 25 people work at the plant. Some are now on cleanup duty and others have been temporarily assigned to a Fort Smith plant.

The Southwest Time Record reports the company's milling operation and office were undamaged and that work could resume as soon as Monday. The company is looking for a vacant building in town that could be converted to an assembly facility until the burned site is rebuilt.

The plant first opened during World War II making wooden ammunition boxes.

Officials suspect the fire was electrical in origin.

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