April 24, 2018
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Rockland responds to fire report at FMC plant

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Firefighters spent about 90 minutes Sunday morning dealing with a smoldering pile of dust at the FMC plant.

Acting Fire Chief Adam Miceli said there were no flames, but the department was called after 7 a.m. to deal with a smoldering dust pile in a building where alcohol is used in the company’s production process.

Miceli said that the crew mainly removed the material from the building and put in it metal barrels outside. He said that the department did not want to pour water inside the building because it would have made everything sludge-like.

There was minimal damage in that building, he added, although equipment had to be taken apart.

FMC processes seaweed into carrageenan, which is used in many food and consumer products. The plant is located on the waterfront off Tillson Avenue.

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