OLD TOWN – For the second time in less than a week, an incident has occurred at the Nine Dragons Paper mill in town.
Company officials say an electrician was injured on Thursday and a fire was reported around 10:30 a.m. Monday.
ND Paper recently purchased the vacant mill and is in the process of restarting it.
Company spokeswoman Amy Lee said “a small smudge fire ignited” on Monday in the boiler house roof after “a steam vent line ignited excess material.”
Company officials continue to investigate the exact fuel source, she added.
A public safety official said the fire was located in the number five boiler, between the membrane and the roof.
“These are things that are likely to happen when you restarting something like the mill,” said Old Town Public Safety Director Scott Wilcox.
Lee said ND Paper also is inspecting all steam vent lines to ensure there is “proper clearances to flammable materials.”
Last Thursday, Lee said, an ambulance was called to the mill to deal with a subcontractor who was “exposed to an arc flash.”
She added, the contractor was taken Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center as a precaution and was later released.
Per company policy, the name of the subcontracting company involved was not released.