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Cause reported of Dragon fire

By Stephen Betts | May 18, 2020
Photo by: Dragon Products Inc. An aerial view of the Dragon Products cement plant in Thomaston.

Thomaston — A fire was extinguished quickly Sunday night, May 17, in the tower at the Dragon Products cement plant in Thomaston.

The cause of the fire was molten raw material backed up in the manufacturing process and spilled onto the ground. That heated a concrete block wall enough to cause combustible materials on the opposite side of the wall to ignite, Thomaston Fire Chief Mike Mazzeo said.

Damage was limited to paper bags and cardboard boxes igniting and heat damage to metal shelving and light fixtures, the chief said.

The fire did not impact the operation of the plant, he said.

The call came in at about 11:40 p.m. of a fire on the first floor of the tower.

Thomaston, Rockland, South Thomaston, Cushing, Warren and Waldoboro crews responded to the industrial complex off Route 1.

The fire was in a utility room on the first floor. The fire was reported to cover an area of about 10 feet by 10 feet with flames showing.

By 12:05 a.m. Monday, the fire was extinguished. Mutual aid departments were sent back to their stations at 12:18 a.m.

The plant had a significant fire in March 26, 2019, which caused a six-week shutdown of clinker production. There was also an electrical fire at the plant in December 2018.

There were no injuries reported in the fire nor were there any in the two previous fires.

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