Explosions Rip ME Manufacturing Plant

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 @ 03:01 PM gHale


Firefighters work to put out a fire at a Liberty, ME, manufacturing facility, which ended up a total loss.

Firefighters work to put out a fire at a Liberty, ME, manufacturing facility, which ended up a total loss.

A Liberty, ME, manufacturing facility is a total loss after it went up in flames Sunday night causing several explosions due to hazardous materials inside.

Truck accessory product maker, Magnum Manufacturing Inc. caught on fire at 7:30 p.m. Sunday night as fire crews from nearly a dozen towns responded to the blaze.

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One man, believed to be the person leasing the space, ended rushed to an area hospital with burns. Officials said they were non-life threatening.

Firefighters battled some harsh temperatures making their efforts even more challenging.

“We had snow just last night. You start putting water on it, it was freezing instantaneously,” Liberty Fire Chief Bill Gillespie said. “We have firefighters trying to move around on ice it’s like skating with a charged line in your hand. It was next to impossible.”

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is now investigating the cause of the fire.



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