PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The former Jordan’s Meats plant in Portland was gutted by a fire that sent billowing clouds of smoke over parts of the city as it was in the process of being demolished.
The fire at the abandoned building on the edge of the city’s Old Port was reported shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday. Mark Woglom of Old Port Hospitality, which bought the building last winter, told WMTW-TV that demolition crews discovered the fire after returning to work from their lunch break.
Jordan’s Meats operated the plant for 77 years until it closed five years ago. Old Port Hospitality plans to build a hotel, restaurant and condominiums on the site.
Fire officials didn’t have any immediate word on the cause of the fire. There were no reports of injuries.