Fire shuts down portion of Main Street in Old Town, damages business

Firefighters respond to a structure fire on Main Street in Old Town on Tuesday evening, July 10, 2012.
Ernie Parrow
Firefighters respond to a structure fire on Main Street in Old Town on Tuesday evening, July 10, 2012.
Posted July 11, 2012, at 4:24 p.m.
Last modified July 11, 2012, at 5:33 p.m.

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OLD TOWN, Maine — A fire on Main Street hindered traffic downtown on Tuesday night but firefighters were able to get it under control quickly.

Firefighters were dispatched to the building that holds Gossamer Press and several other businesses around 8:30 p.m., according to Old Town Fire Chief Steve O’Malley.

The portion of the building that houses Gossamer Press was damaged by heat and smoke.

“There’s quite a bit of damage in that one section,” said O’Malley. “I can’t estimate the dollar value.”

O’Malley said firefighters had things under control in a half hour, which kept the fire from spreading to other businesses in the building, including an adult day care.

The chief said the fire started in an abandoned couch in the rear of the building and that flames were coming out of the roof when firefighters arrived.

Nobody was in the building at the time of the fire and no firefighters were injured.

Crews from Orono and Milford assisted at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation and Old Town officials brought in the state fire marshal’s office to aid in determining a cause.

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