OLD TOWN — Officials are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Maine sawmill.

The fire was reported shortly before 7 a.m. today at Stillwater Lumber in Old Town.

Tom Bernard, the son of the owner, told the Bangor Daily News that cut lumber at the yard was spared, but the mill building – where spruce, pine and hemlock logs are turned into lumber – was a total loss.

He said the company’s retail building-supply store and lumberyard would remain open while the mill is rebuilt.

Thick black smoke billowed from the fire as firefighters from seven towns and cities worked to contain it. No injuries were reported.
Bernard said the fire started near a generator in the rear of the mill building.