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Firefighters Douse Flames At Mentor Lumber

The fire began in a dust suppression hopper, which catches sawdust

Mentor firefighters doused a fire Wednesday morning inside one of the building in the complex on Center Street.

The fire department first received a call about the fire at 8:16 a.m.

The blaze began in a dust suppression hopper, Mentor Fire Public Education Specialist Nathan Peters said. The hoppers catch sawdust that is created from cutting lumber.

Two Mentor lumber employees tried to stop the fire by spraying it with an extinguisher, Peters said. While they couldn't douse the fire, they did slow its spread.

Mentor firefighters arrived and were able to extinguish the fire before it spread beyond the hopper. Consequently, the only damage to the building was from smoke, Peters said.

Nobody was hurt because of the fire. Paramedics checked on the two employees who used the extinguisher and they didn't need any medical treatment, Peters said.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. However, Peters noted that sawdust fires are not uncommon.

Mentor Fire Department offers free fire extinguisher training for businesses and home owners. Anyone who is interested can call 440-974-5765.

Nathan Peters April 11, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Thanks for noting the fire extinguisher courses (at no additional cost) that the Mentor Fire Department offers the citizens and businnesses of Mentor. Below is a description of the course and the currently scheduled courses that residents can sign up for. Have you ever used a fire extinguisher? Do you know the different types of fire extinguishers and if it will work on your fire? Allow the Mentor Fire Department to teach you this course in 1 hour and 15 minutes. This class includes a video, lecture with questions and answers, and a hands-on opportunity with a fire extinguisher training unit. This course is open to residents and Mentor businesses. Current class dates scheduled with registration open on March 1st 2012: April 24, 2012 7 p.m. till 8:15 p.m. at Mentor Safety Village. April 30, 2012 7 p.m. till 8:15 p.m. at Mentor Safety Village. All classes require registration. Classes are limited to number of students. Please contact Mentor Fire Department, Public Education at (440) 974-5769 to check availability of classes or to schedule a class for your business. Thanks, Nathan Peters Public Education Specialist Mentor Fire Department

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