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Fire crews respond to burning garage in Hampden

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Dan Lane (right) talks with a firefighter as other firefighters work to open a garage owned by Lane on the Monroe Road in Hampden on Monday, Feb 13, 2012. Crews from nunerous towns responded. Some difficulty occurred when a stalling saw slowed a hole being cut in the garage door. Lane, who owns a building company said he used the garage to store tools.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HAMDPEN, Maine — Fire officials are working to determine the cause of a fire early Monday afternoon that destroyed the contents of a garage across the street from 117 Monroe Road.

Despite the damage to the contents — which included tools, shelving and other items — the fire left the cinder-block structure and its metal roof more or less intact, Hampden fire Lt. Dan Pugsley said late Monday afternoon.

The fire, which was reported by a passing motorist about 12:20 p.m., prompted the temporary closure of Monroe Road, from the junction of Kennebec Road, to all traffic except for emergency crews, a Penobscot Regional Communications Center dispatcher said.

It was not immediately clear late Monday afternoon who owns the building or whether it was insured, Pugsley said.

Pugsley said the contents of the garage belonged to another person. A dollar value for the damaged contents was not available Monday.

Firefighters remained at the scene for about two hours, Pugsley said, adding that crews experienced some difficulties gaining access to the building’s interior because of metal grating covering the windows and doors.

Hampden fire crews were assisted by their counterparts from Bangor, Winterport and Newburgh, he said. No injuries were reported in connection with the fire, which is not considered suspicious, Pugsley said.

Bangor Daily News writer Nok-Noi Ricker contributed to this report.

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