UPDATE: Verso mill fire blamed on lightning strike (wausaupilotandreview.com)

A fire that erupted late Tuesday at the Verso Paper Mill in Wisconsin Rapids is being blamed on lightning, during a storm that passed through the area.

The Verso Corporation issued a statement Wednesday saying that the lightning strike caused a fire at the scrubber stack. Witnesses saw heavy smoke and flames shooting from the building after the fire broke out.

The Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department brought the blaze under control at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.

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