Sunday, December 8, 2013
WEST GARDINER — Firefighters quickly doused a blaze just after 3 p.m. today in the ceiling of room at the rear of West Gardiner Beef, at 10 Gilley Drive.
Firefigthters at the scene of a fire at West Gardiner Beef today in West Gardiner. A small fire in the ceiling was quickly extinguished and they remained on the scene checking with a thermal imaging camera to make sure it hadn't extended further.
Staff photo by Joe Phelan
West Gardiner Fire Chief Vicki Dill said firefighters were on the scene within a few minutes of the call.
Smoke was coming out the eaves when they arrived and some flames were inside the building.
"They did a good job knocking it down," she said, waiting outside the building as firefighters surveyed the inside of the building with a thermal camera.
Firefighters from Litchfield and Farmingdale departments responded to assist West Gardiner.
Dill said a preliminary investigation indicated the fire probably started in a ballast in a fluorescent light fixture in the ceiling. She described the damage as limited to one room and its contents.
"I think with some venting, they'll be OK," Dill said.
The business, a custom slaughterhouse, had closed its doors at noon today, and owner Todd Pierce and son Ben were alerted by a passer-by.
Todd Pierce, who has operated business for 35 years, said he expects to be open at 7:30 a.m. Monday as usual. The business is closed on Sundays.