CAMDEN — Traffic was blocked as firefighters moved rapidly into Camden’s downtown Wednesday afternoon to respond to a blaze on the back deck of Boynton-McKay Food Co., but there were no injuries and the blaze was quickly put out.

Brian Beggarly of Boynton-McKay said he was preparing beef oxtail in an electric smoker. When some of the fat rendered and caught fire, it was impressive enough to prompt calls of a potential structure fire at the Main Street business.

Firefighters from Camden were almost immediately on the scene, and as traffic came to a standstill almost all the way up to the Stop-n-Go along Elm Street, the approach of fire apparatus from Rockport could be heard throughout the downtown.

An employee at the business had quickly put the fire out using some salt. The smell of smoke was strong in the vicinity following the incident.

Beggarly expressed some regret at the loss of the oxtail.

Firefighters are quick to respond to Boynton-McKay Food Co. on Main Street in Camden after a report of a possible structure fire. It turned out to be a burning smoker that was quickly put out. Photo by Daniel Dunkle