June 25, 2018
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Smoke but no fire at Bolduc prison

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

WARREN, Maine — Smoldering insulation at the Bolduc Correctional Facility prompted a response Thursday morning from local fire departments, but there was no fire, a state spokeswoman said.

Repairs were being made to a shower stall in a bathroom, and when tiles were being removed, the process heated up copper pipes behind the tiles. Those pipes, in turn, heated up insulation that smoldered, said Judy Plummer, director of special projects and public affairs coordinator for the Maine Department of Corrections.

She said there were never any flames, and a fire response at about 10 a.m. was precautionary.

The Bolduc unit is a low-security prison where inmates with less than five years of their sentences left, perform work such as farming. The facility has a capacity for 222 inmates and a staff of 65.

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