June 18, 2018
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Blazes quelled in Brewer, Bucksport

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

A couple of blazes kept firefighters in Brewer and Bucksport busy Friday night and Saturday morning.

A person living in an apartment complex across from the wastewater treatment plant on South Main Street in Brewer reported a fire on the roof of the facility at 7:36 p.m. Friday. Fire crews from Brewer and Holden went to the fire, while Bangor fire went to the Brewer station to cover on a standby basis.

“We were on scene in less than five minutes, and it probably took about a half-hour to get under control,” said Lt. Mike Mullen of the Brewer Fire Department. “Brewer police got there and had an officer on the roof telling us where the fire was and what was happening.

“We sent two engines, a ladder truck and an ambulance. There was one plant employee on duty, but there were no injuries,” he said. “We needed the ladder since it’s the equivalent of a three-story building, but we cleared the scene around 10:30.”

Fire crews used Class A fire retardant foam to put out the fire, which was burning 4-by-8-foot sheets of insulation piled on the rooftop and used for repair work.

Most of the damage was smoke- and water-related. Office space below the roof has water damage.

Brewer director of environmental services Kenneth Locke said the plant’s day-to-day operations shouldn’t be affected by the damage. The cause of the fire was still undetermined early Sunday afternoon.

In Bucksport, an apartment building at 50 U.S. Route 1 had extensive smoke and water damage as a result of a grease fire that started in the kitchen of one of the apartments around 2:30 a.m.

“A call came in about 2:50 a.m. for a building fire, and our first engine was there in three minutes with fire showing on the second floor of the building in one apartment,” said Bucksport assistant Fire Chief Michael Denning. “We used Class A foam, and it was a quick knockdown. There’s a lot of smoke damage on the entire second and third floors.”

Denning said there were working smoke detectors in the building and no injuries to the three people in the apartment and the 12 to 15 people living in the building.

“Apparently there was a pan with grease on a stove that caught fire. The kitchen is a total loss with heat and smoke damage down the hallway to the bedroom area,” Denning said. “The family [parents and one child] are staying with relatives.”

Four engines, a ladder truck, rescue vehicle and ambulance went to the building. Orrington and Orland fire departments provided mutual aid.

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