Wednesday Night Fire in Oakfield Destroys Six-Foot Sawmill Creating Setback for Aroostook County Company

Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 6:51 PM EDT
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OAKFIELD, Maine (WAGM) - An overnight fire in Oakfield has created a setback for a County business. News Source 8′s Cam Smith has more on how much this will effect the company during one of their busiest times of the year.

Katahdin Cedar Log Homes and Katahdin Forest Products is Maine’s Largest Cedar Mill. The company produces cedar log homes throughout Aroostook County and much of the state.

Wednesday night around 8:30, crews were called in to a fire at Katahdin Forest Products.

According to David Gordon, President and Owner of Katahdin Forest Products, fire Departments from Oakfield, Island Falls, Houlton and crews from the Maine Forestry Service were just some of the departments called in to battle the blaze.

“The six-foot sawmill is what burned last night, and it burned completely. It had started a fire because it was very windy, a down wind also and some logs… but all the fire departments were able to put it out.”

Gordon says this will set back the company amid the busiest time of the year.

“We are having a very busy year, thankfully we have been. That mill produces a lot of our fencing products. So, it’s going to set us back a little bit. I’ve got a couple options on the table where I don’t think it will set us back as much as it might have because there’s some other options out there in some other locations, that I think we might be able to start sawing in, in a relatively short period of time. Which would be wonderful.”

Gordon is confident that business will be able to bounce back.

“Because we have the other sawmills and we are spread out the way we are, it wasn’t that devastating to us and I think we’ll bounce back very rapidly, because we have a lot of orders. We have a lot of orders and business is strong thankfully. So, that will all help.”

Gordon is thankful for the fire departments and his employees who worked to put the fire out before it did extensive damage. The cause of the fire is still undetermined, and Fire Marshals are still investigating. Cam Smith, News Source 8.

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