Cedar Chips Smolder Disconcertingly -- Fertilizer Looks On

September 16, 2013 07:00 AM

A Friday fire in Medway, Maine has fertilizer and firefighters sharing headlines once more. Fire Chief Brian McLaughlin was the first to arrive on the scene early Friday morning and the blaze took 14 hours to subdue. The fire re-ignited the following day and a small crew was able to manage the flare-up.

But fertilizer is not to blame. The material that caught firefighters' attention was a 300 foot, 2 1/2 stories tall cedar mulch pile. Fertilizer is stored at the Scott's Co. location, but the fire was confined to cedar mulch chips, also housed at the facility.

“These kinds of fires are one of the bigger nightmares for firefighters not because of safety [hazards] so much but because they can last for days,” McLaughlin told the Bangor Daily News.

Crews will be monitoring the facility through the early part of this week, but feel they now have the blaze under control.

The erroneous headline comes at the tail end of a summer that cast fertilizer as explosive and dangerous, prompting some to call for a ban on fertilizer. President Obama has already charged lawmakers with revamping the fertilizer regulatory environment in wake of actual fertilizer explosions.

No injuries have been reported out of the Maine cedar chips fire. One wonders if anyone would have read the Bangor Daily article had the headline heralded the truth -- Cedar Chips Smolder Disconcertingly.

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