Fire destroys Corinna auto repair shop

Posted Sept. 21, 2011, at 9:09 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 21, 2011, at 9:21 p.m.

CORINNA, Maine — A fire destroyed an automobile repair business on Route 7 Wednesday morning, a fire official said.

Lt. Paul White of the Corinna Fire Department said he got the call around 7 a.m. and the Southern Auto building was “fully involved when we got here. It took about 20 minutes to knock [the fire] down.”

In addition to the building, five vehicles were also destroyed, including two customer vehicles undergoing repairs. Nobody was in the building at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.

Fire crews from Corinna, Newport, Garland and Dexter fought the blaze. The building, which was four years old, was a total loss.

“The cause of the fire is undetermined because of the extent of the damage,” said Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

“We’re going to close our case and leave it as undetermined,” he said. “There were no red flags [to indicate suspicious activity].”

York said the building was insured.

Toby Gould of Dexter bought the auto repair shop from Richard Clukey two years ago, according to Gould’s father, Peter Gould.

“I don’t know what he’ll do now,” the elder Gould said.

“At least nobody was hurt,” added Gould. “Now you have to deal with it. [Toby] ain’t about to give up.”

Toby Gould declined to comment.

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