STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — A few years ago, Mark Thomas built a firetruck for the Stockton Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Tuesday morning, he watched as firefighters used that truck to fight a fire that was devouring his Route 1 business, Mark’s Garage.
Though no one was hurt in the blaze that started sometime after the garage opened for the day, it appeared to be a total loss, according to Vern Thompson, the assistant chief of the Stockton Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
“It was pretty intense,” he said, adding that the fire was fully involved when fire crews assisted at about 8:45 a.m. “This is his livelihood. He’s a good man. It’s really sad.”
While Thompson spoke, at least 20 firefighters and rescue personnel from Stockton Springs, Searsport and Prospect were busy laying down water on hot spots and making sure the fire was out. The acrid smell of burned metal and rubber hung in the air, and the men and women who were hard at work looked tired and grimy from their efforts. Inside the twisted, melted remains of the building, a burned-out car was visible.
Thomas was hoping that he could save his files, according to the assistant chief. One official at the scene said the building was insured.
Although the cause of the fire was not known, Thompson said they would not be calling the State Fire Marshal’s Office. When crews arrived, the garage bays on one side had burned and the fire had reached into the roof.
“It’s an open building. Once [the fire] gets in the roof and trusses, you cannot get personnel safely inside,” he said.