WATERVILLE – Multiple crews were called to a structure fire at the Huhtamaki plant in Waterville.
According to officials the fire broke out before 7 p.m. on College Ave, and dozens of departments responded to the scene, from everywhere from Skowhegan to Augusta.
Waterville Fire Chief Shawn Esler said the fire started inside the building and quickly spread to the roof.
Officials said one firefighter was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to Chief Esler, the fire started inside the building and quickly spread to the roof.
The size of the building and the weather made it difficult to fight the blaze.
“This building is several thousand feet long,” said the chief. “Obviously we have water running through the hose lines, that water freezes at 32 degrees. I don’t know what the temperature is but it’s a lot less than 32 degrees.”
The chief thanked departments from near and far and said that there was damage to machinery but the plant is not a total loss.
Those on scene said the factory makes paper plates.
Some from the area said that facility has had a small fire before, but not something like this.
“I looked up and I said ‘holy cow, we’re going to lose Huhtamaki,” said Oakland resident and former firefighter Stephen Craig. “A big building like that you’ve got paper dust and other stuff that’s on the beams.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
This story has been updated from its original format.