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Blaze damages dry kiln at New England Forest Products

No injuries reported, business back up quickly after 3-alarm fire on Sawmill Road

  • Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • A fire that apparently started in debris left outside a dry kiln at New England Forest Products in Greenfield on May 1 damaged the building but the material inside was not affected.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    A fire that apparently started in debris left outside a dry kiln at New England Forest Products in Greenfield on May 1 damaged the building but the material inside was not affected.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • A fire that apparently started in debris left outside a dry kiln at New England Forest Products in Greenfield on May 1 damaged the building but the material inside was not affected.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    A fire that apparently started in debris left outside a dry kiln at New England Forest Products in Greenfield on May 1 damaged the building but the material inside was not affected.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • A fire that apparently started in debris left outside a dry kiln at New England Forest Products in Greenfield on May 1 damaged the building but the material inside was not affected.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • A fire that apparently started in debris left outside a dry kiln at New England Forest Products in Greenfield on May 1 damaged the building but the material inside was not affected.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at New England Forest Products in Greenfield for a three-alarm blaze on Wednesday night. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

GREENFIELD — A three-alarm fire damaged the side of a dry kiln at New England Forest Products on Sawmill Road early Wednesday night, but firefighters from six area towns extinguished the blaze before it spread into the building, where pallets of green lumber were stacked for drying.

No one was working at the plant at about 7 p.m., when the fire was noticed by a driver on Sawmill Road who called in an alarm.

“It appears to have started in some scrap lumber outside the building,” Greenfield Fire Chief Loren White said on Thursday. “Fortunately, it was called in soon enough and we were able to extinguish the visible fire relatively quickly.”

White said some insulation in the metal-frame wall of the building ignited, so there were flames inside the wall, which was badly damaged.

White said firefighters used water on the wall of the building first, and then used a foam concentrate mixed with water, which makes a barrier when used on insulation, to put out the fire in the wall.

“Our fear was that it would spread,” White said. “Once we got inside, it was difficult to see how extensive it was. We called for more equipment than may have been needed. We erred on the side of caution. It wasn’t as bad as we feared.”

Firefighters from Greenfield, Francestown, Lyndeborough, Bennington, Peterborough and Jaffrey responded. The fire was put out by 9 p.m. and crews remained at the scene until about 11 p.m., White said.

White said the fire is not considered suspicious and is not under investigation.

No one was injured in the fire.

On Friday, Katie Warner, office manager at New England Forest Products, said none of the wood being dried in the kiln was damaged.

The company buys standing timber, harvests it and saws it at the Greenfield plant into lumber for the wholesale market.

Some of the lumber, Warner said, is sold as “green lumber,” which is undried, and some is dried in the company’s two kilns. The second dry kiln, located near the one that was damaged, was not affected by the fire.

Warner said the company did not have to shut down as a result of the fire and that the building will be repaired.

“It’s really pretty mild damage,” she said.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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