Dec. 17—DIXFIELD — Crews from multiple agencies were battling a four-alarm fire at Irving Forest Products mill Friday evening.
The first calls came in about 4 p.m. with flames reported at the sawmill at 24 Hall Hill Road. Less than an hour later, a fourth alarm was sounded and more crews were requested at the scene.
By 5 p.m., firefighters from several towns had joined the effort, including those from Jay, East Dixfield Rumford, Peru, Andover, Canton, Hartford and Mexico.
Central Maine Power was called to cut electricity to the area, although it was not immediately clear if that had been done by 5 p.m.
By 5:30 p.m., more firefighters were being called to the scene with additional equipment.
One witness at the scene said he could see smoke pouring out of the mill. He had heard rumors that an edger inside the building had gone up in flames, although that could not be verified.
At about 5:30 p.m., crews reported that the flames had mostly been knocked down and some of the mutual aid departments were cleared from the scene.
Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene deep into Friday night before an investigation could get underway.