Fire damages sawmill in Greenville Junction

Posted Feb. 24, 2010, at 2:49 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:05 p.m.

GREENVILLE JUNCTION, Maine – A fire on Tuesday significantly damaged the Moosehead Cedar Log Homes sawmill in the industrial park.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to investigate the fire’s origin, although Greenville Fire Chief John Cobb said he believed it was accidental. An investigator was on the scene Tuesday and plans to return today.

Randy Comber, who owns the business with his wife, Lucy, reported the fire at 1:30 p.m., according to Cobb.

“Some of the [firefighters] reported that when they were responding to the fire station they looked across town and they could see some white and gray smoke and then noticed that it changed quickly to a thick, black heavy smoke,” Cobb said of the fire. It was burning progressively when they arrived, he said.

Firefighters managed to save part of the mill, but the part that was damaged contained the primary sawmill equipment, Cobb said. He said the small crew that initially responded did a good job in containing the fire. Two different buildings that had been added on to the original small mill were partly damaged, he said. The business was insured, he said.

Cobb said the business was gearing up for production after a shutdown because of the economy. Since a couple of orders had been received for house kits, the sawmill was being readied for a startup of the operation Wednesday, he said.

Firefighters struggled initially to get enough water because there were no hydrant systems in the junction, Cobb said. Shirley and Monson firefighters, who assisted at the scene, shuttled water from fire hydrants closer to town.

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