Departments respond to fire at Fisher Engineering

By Stephen Betts | Nov 01, 2017
Photo by: Stephen Betts Fire crews were at the scene of a fire in the wall at a building at Fisher Engineering Nov. 1.

Rockland — A fire in insulation in a paint room at snowplow maker Fisher Engineering caused minimal damage and manufacturing will not be affected, Rockland's fire chief said.

The fire was called in shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, Rockland Fire Chief Chris Whytock said. When the first crews arrived, no smoke or flames were seen, but employees reported smoke inside the building.

The first fire crew to enter found a smoldering fire within the insulation used to divide the paint room from the rest of the plant. The fire was contained to the insulation and did not spread into the walls or machinery, Whytock said in a news release late Wednesday.

He said a lot of work was needed to make sure the fire did not spread. Because of the high electrical hazards that exist in an industrial setting, water was used with caution, with only 100 gallons used, most of that outside the building, he said.

He said the early notification by a worker who noticed smoke and pulled the fire alarm helped prevent further damage. He added that plant supervisors made firefighters' job much easier by shutting down power and gas and providing information about the facility.

Whytock said the mutual aid system worked "flawlessly." There were other departments at the scene and Thomaston emergency medical services responded to two medical calls while Rockland was at Fisher.

Employees were evacuated to an adjoining parking lot at the snowplow manufacturer in the Rockland Industrial Park.

Rockport, Camden and South Thomaston crews were also at the scene as part of the mutual aid agreement.

There were no injuries.

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