A specialty chemical company's office was destroyed and a polystyrene foam maker experienced some warehouse damage in an eight-alarm blaze that destroyed most of a mill complex July 21.
``We're up and running, and moving forward,'' said Kathy Eager, office manager for Prime Materials, the company located in the Bernat Mill complex.
She said the company was hit hard by the fire, but friends and customers have stepped up to keep it running. Prime Materials supplies raw materials to plastics, rubber and ink concerns.
The company, started by Calvin Wiegers in 1991, is using temporary office and warehouse space.
``All of our customers have called to reach out any way that they could. They've loaned us space and offered whatever help they can,'' Eager said. Prime Materials has five employees.
Foam Concepts Inc. has a warehouse in the mill, and that structure was saved because of quick work by firefighters, according to Melanie Blodgett O'Toole, spokeswoman for the Uxbridge Fire Department.
Blodgett O'Toole said 375 firefighters from 60 communities battled the blaze. As of July 25, some hot spots still were being doused. Nine firefighters suffered minor injuries, mostly from smoke and heat.
Blodgett O'Toole said Foam Concepts' warehouse was in a place that sticks out from the mill. It had a firewall inside and firefighters placed water cannons strategically to keep the flames away. Materials inside may have suffered water and smoke damage. Company officials declined to comment. The firm's headquarters is located in another part of town.
The Small Business Administration declared the mill a disaster area. The fire affected 65 businesses, many of which lost everything.
Officials were investigating the fire's cause.