April 22, 2018
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Firefighters battle blaze at business in Hermon

By Jessica Bloch, BDN Staff

HERMON, Maine — Firefighters battled a fire Sunday afternoon at Overhead Door Co. in Freedom Park.

No flames could be seen from the Liberty Drive building at around 4:20 p.m. but gray smoke billowed from the front of the building and seeped from a garage near the rear.

General manager and co-owner Mark Talon said Hermon Fire Chief Larry Willis told him the cause of the fire was unknown, as was the extent of the damage.

“[Firefighters] said it was fully involved when they got here,” Talon said.

Talon said the front end of the building, which houses a heated work area and office space, may have had the most damage.

Talon had been in the building at around noon Sunday to pick up some keys. Everything was fine when he left the premises, he said.

“I got the keys I needed, locked the place up and left,” Talon said after moving pickup trucks out of the building’s garage to a site across the street. “Come in tomorrow and go to work as usual. [It will be] a little more difficult.”

Talon, who lives in Otis, said he was notified of the alarm by a security company and drove to Bangor.

The company, which Talon started in 1979 with co-owner Bernie Dahl, sells and installs garage doors and outdoor shelters. The company is insured.

Freedom Park, an industrial and commercial area, is off Route 2, just over the border from Bangor.

Bangor resident John O’Neill, who owns O’Neill Power Equipment in the building next door, said he made the 911 call about the fire. O’Neill and his brother-in-law Jim Gildart of Ellsworth were working on a snowmobile in O’Neill’s building when they heard the alarm and then saw smoke coming from the front of the Overhead Door building.

“At first we thought it was fog that came up real quick,” said O’Neill, who leases his building from Dahl. “Then we thought, no, that’s not fog. The black smoke started billowing.”

O’Neill said he called 911 at around 4 p.m., which was about the time Talon said he got the alert from the security company.

O’Neill and Gildart waited while firefighters worked in case O’Neill’s building became involved in the fire.

Crews from Bangor, Glenburn, Hampden, Hermon and Levant battled the fire. A Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. crew arrived in the early evening to cut power to the building.



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