June 24, 2018
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Fire crews knock down minor machine fire at Maine Commercial Tire in Hermon

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

HERMON, Maine — Crews from at least six communities were called to a working structure fire shortly before 10:30 a.m. at Maine Commercial Tire, but were “relieved” to find the blaze was isolated to a piece of machinery and hadn’t spread.

“On arrival, there was some light smoke showing, employees came out and said the fire was contained to a unit that they use to heat the tires up so they can be retreaded,” Hermon fire Lt. Chandler Corriveau said before leaving the scene shortly after 11 a.m. “The building itself wasn’t on fire, which is good.”

Seven fire department vehicles from Hermon, Bangor, the Air National Guard and Levant were on scene at 10:30 a.m., but crews started leaving about 15 minutes later and the last truck left around 11 a.m.

Corriveau said he canceled alarms that went out to other communities after he saw how minor the fire was.

Because the Freedom Parkway business uses and stores large amounts of rubber and chemicals, it was “very fortunate” that the fire didn’t spread, the lieutenant said.

“It would have been a huge, huge fire,” Corriveau said. “I was very glad that when I came and saw what we had that it was very minor.”

A Maine Department of Environmental Protection hazardous materials response vehicle also arrived on scene, but left after about 15 minutes.

Corriveau credited the employees of the company for handling the situation well.

“All of the employees evacuated the building like they’re supposed to,” Corriveau said. “They didn’t try to fight the fire or anything.”

No one was injured in the fire.

The business remained open on Friday and employees were allowed to go back to work after fire crews left the scene.

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