Fire put out at Rockland manufacturing plant

Posted June 12, 2013, at 6:40 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — An electrical fire at the FMC Biopolymer plant in on Wednesday afternoon was quickly extinguished, the fire chief said.

The fire occurred in a laboratory of the plant, which manufactures carrageenan to be used in food and products such as toothpaste.

Rockland Fire Chief Charles Jordan Jr. said the staff had put out the fire when crews arrived. Fire crews checked to make sure there were no “hot spots,” the chief said.

Crews were there for less than an hour. He estimated damage at a few thousand dollars but said that was a general estimate because of the uncertainty of whether the electrical fire shorted out equipment.

The fire was reported at 4:20 p.m. at the plant, located on the waterfront.