November 27, 2020


Despite a heavy soaking of water and foam by Bangor firefighters earlier this week, hefty rolls of paper in a once derailed train car reignited Friday, this time in Veazie. Three cars carrying paper on Sunday derailed at least partially into the Penobscot River in Bangor. Workers using an acetylene torch on Tuesday accidentally set some rolls on fire as they tried to open one of the cars to lighten the load so it could be lifted back onto the track. All three cars were put back onto the track and left in a side track by School Street in Veazie. Capt. Pete Metcalf of the Veazie Fire Department said Friday that smoke was seen coming from the blue Pan Am Railways car where as many as a dozen rolls remained. Veazie firefighters were at the scene for nearly six hours, including waiting for a pulp loader to arrive from Bucksport to remove a paper roll so firefighters could better reach the fire, Metcalf said. A thermal imaging camera was used to locate hot spots, and firefighters used a rotary saw and hand tools to remove burning sections of paper and make air pockets where foam could be deployed.

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