Saturday, July 18, 2015

Fire in Keiser Homes Factory Doesn’t Hurt Production

Oxford, Maine's fire chief said a sprinkler system and quick reaction by firefighters kept a blaze at a manufactured homes factory from spreading significantly Friday night.

Chief Wayne Jones said the fire started in a stack of plywood in a corner of the Keiser Homes plant at 56 Mechanic Falls Road. He said the cause is unknown and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire.

Jones said the fire spread about 20 feet or so into the building. The sprinkler system kept the flames in check initially, he said, and firefighters were able to get water hoses set up quickly and started to spray down the building within minutes of arriving.

The fire was reported about 4:45 p.m., when most of the workers had finished for the day and only one employee was in the plant, he said.

One firefighter was taken to a local hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion, Jones said, and another was treated at the scene for what he said was a minor injury. No one else was hurt, the chief said.

Jones said even though firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading, it still took about five hours to get the fire fully under control. He said an Oxford fire crew was expected to spend most of the night at the site to make sure there weren’t any hot spots remaining that could cause the fire to flare up.

Production lines were not involved and the plant could be operational by Monday.


Scott Stone said...

All of us in the Oxford community are thankful the damage was so limited. From myself and the employees of Schiavi Custom Builders we wish all the very best to all of the employees at Excel and Keiser Homes. Sincerely, Scott Stone

Linda said...

I am confused. I thought this factory was sold to Excel and was known as "Excel Homes of Maine". I have been told numerous times that the Keiser name no longer exisit.

Ryan said...

I sure hope the houses on-line are aired out. The smell of smoke could linger for a long time.