By Robert S. Merrill
A fire at Trails West Manufacturing in Preston Sunday afternoon caused approximately $200,00 damage to the horse-trailer manufacturing plant and trailers.
An alarm company called the Franklin County Sheriff’s dispatch center at 3:29 p.m. and reported a fire suppression sprinkling system had activated at the facility at 65 No. 800 West. Local fire crews, with four engines, responded and had the fire “pretty much contained by 4 p.m.”, according to Scott Martin, Franklin County Fire District fire marshal.
“We had 17 local firefighters and crews from the Lewiston Fire Department respond to the fire through a mutual-aid agreement,” said Martin. “We thank them for their assistance.
“I can’t emphasize enough how well the fire suppression sprinkling system worked. It really saved the company from a much-larger loss. The sprinklers held the fire in check until fire crews arrived on scene.”
The fire started in a horse trailer with living quarters on the assembly line. The cause was an electrical short in the living unit, said Martin.
“That trailer and others on the assembly line were damaged. The building also sustained smoke and water damage,” he said. “The fire was contained to that one trailer. There was no one in the building at the time of the fire and there were no injuries reported.
Trails West officials reported the plant was up and running by the end of the next day. They also thanked all firefighters who responded and helped.
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