ORRINGTON, Maine — Gott Family Traditions bakery on Center Drive was heavily damaged by an extremely hot fire early Saturday, Fire Chief Mike Spencer said Monday.
“The call came in as smoke in the building,” he said. “A passer-by saw it and called it in. We weren’t even there yet, we were at the school, and we could see a plume and knew it was a structure fire.”
The bakery, operated by Patricia “Trish” and Steve Gott, was located inside an old barn that had been modified. The couple opened the restaurant in November 2007. Trish Gott was elected a town selectman in June 2008.
“What saved the place was a very aggressive attack,” Spencer said. “It was because of our highly trained firefighters. You never can get enough training.”
Orrington firefighters got the call at 12:45 a.m. and were assisted by crews from Brewer, Holden, Eddington, Dedham and Bucksport.
The fire was knocked down quickly, but it took hours to ensure it would not restart, Spencer said.
“The building had been renovated so many times it was a matter of making sure all the nooks and crannies were checked,” he said.
The blaze started in the area of the furnace, but “we’re still narrowing down what part caused the fire,” Spencer said.
“There is heavy damage to the kitchen area, and smoke and heat damage” to the rest of the building, the fire chief said. “The fire marshal [investigator] said the temperatures had to be in the 2,000-degree range. It was very hot. It was so hot, it melted some metal” of the kitchen equipment.
No injuries were reported, and local firefighters returned to their stations between 5 and 5:30 a.m.