Fire at Former ME Paper Mill

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 04:10 PM gHale

Fire crews from eight towns work with excavators opening up hotspots to put out remnants of the blaze at the former Marcal Paper Mill in Mechanic Falls.

A large mill building in Mechanic Falls, ME, that housed several businesses ended up destroyed in a fire Sunday that continued to through the next morning.

The mill building on Lewiston Street is owned by Charles Starbird and served as a used parts warehouse for Maine Cycle as well as a location for Corcoran Environmental Services, which recycles plastic.

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Witnesses said the fire apparently started in the Maine Cycle warehouse, which had moved to the Lewiston Street location in 2015 from its former warehouse in Auburn, according to a published report.

Firefighters from 19 departments — including Oxford, Norway, Paris, Casco, Poland, New Gloucester, Auburn, Bowdoin, Bath and Lisbon — assisted in battling the blaze or serving as backup at area fire stations.

Rob Vivenzio of Mount Vernon, helped save a man who was inside his apartment during the blaze by throwing a large cinder block through a window and then helping the man escape.

As of 7 a.m. the next morning, all main roads in town opened as fire crews from eight towns worked with excavators opening up hotspots to put out remnants of the blaze at the former Marcal Paper Mill.

Cause of the fire, which was reported early Sunday afternoon, was not known.

Fire officials said there were no reports of any injuries, which added Town Manager Zakk Maher expected cleanup of the fire will take several days.

Marcal, a Soundview Paper Co. based in Elmwood Park, NJ, closed its Mechanic Falls mill in the fall of 1981. It’s a manufacturer of recycled tissues manufactured without chlorine bleaching, fragrances or dyes, according to the company’s website.



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