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Pactiv Fire Ruled Accidental, Byron Factory Blaze 'Undetermined'


A May 1 fire that gutted a south Bibb County factory was accidental, caused by spontaneous combustion, the state fire marshal's office says.

Meanwhile, the cause of a fire that hit a Byron metal plant the next day is undetermined and may never be known.

Glenn Allen, spokesman for the Georgia state fire marshal's office, says they've closed their investigations in two major fires that struck Central Georgia factories on consecutive days.

The fire at the Pactive plant in south Bibb apparently started when hot egg-carton materials combusted spontaneously, he said.

Those cartons come out of hot ovens in the plant's production area and then are placed in high stacks.


Allen said that fire caused $13 million damage in all -- $3 million to materials and $10 million to the building and property off Airport Drive in south Bibb.

The Southern Perfection plant fire in Byron started the next night and caused about $2 million in damage, Allen said.

The damage to that factory was so extensive that investigators could not issue a finding on the cause.

"They didn't find any evidence to suggest it was suspicious," he said, "but that doesn't mean it wasn't destroyed by the fire as well."



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