December 08, 2019
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Firefighters quickly put out roof blaze at Old Town mill

Courtesy of Bill Van Peursem
Courtesy of Bill Van Peursem
Firefighters on Monday quickly put out a fire on the roof of the building that houses boilers for the paper mill on Route 2. The mill, now owned by a Chinese firm, is in the process of restarting.

Old Town firefighters quickly put out a roof fire Monday morning on a boiler building at the paper mill, which is in the process of restarting.

Firefighters saw flames on the roof of the boiler building when they arrived at about 10:30 a.m., according to Deputy Chief Chris Baker.

No equipment was damaged in the fire, but a portion of the roof will have to be replaced, he said.

Baker said that small fires are not unusual when equipment at mills that have been idle for some time are started up.

Chinese paper company Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Ltd. purchased the property in 2018. The owner has previously said it plans to have the mill running this summer.

The facility will start producing unbleached wood pulp used in paper manufacturing once ND Paper updates equipment at the idled mill, Ron Harriman, Old Town’s economic development director, said in February.


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