Fire at Maibec Lumber Sawmill in Masardis

(Credit: MGN Online)

Press Release from Ben Lothrop the human resources manager for the Mill.

MASARDIS – A fire in the basement of the Maibec Lumber Sawmill early Saturday morning caused some damage to production lines, but should only impact production at the facility for a short time. No one was hurt in the incident.

The fire began around 2:30 a.m. Fire departments from Ashland, Masardis, Portage, Mapleton and Presque Isle all responded. The fire was extinguished by 5 a.m.

Mill Manager Nathan Whitney said production on one of the lines should be up and running by Monday morning. The line where the fire first began will be down for about a week, as the floor, hydraulics, electrical lines are repaired.

“Thankfully, no one was hurt,” Whitney said. “I want to thank everyone at the mill and all the first responders for their quick action and hard work. As with any fire, it could have been a lot worse.”

No cause for the fire was immediately known, but Whitney thought a spark from an electrical issue probably ignited sawdust on the floor of the mill. Crews will be on site all weekend beginning repairs.

All employees will be back at work as normally scheduled on Monday at the Route 11 facility.