WATERFORD, Maine — A Thursday morning fire destroyed the Mallard Mart on Valley Road, taking firefighters from six agencies about three hours to extinguish.
The fire was reported around 10 a.m. Waterford Assistant Fire Chief said the fire was well underway when firefighters arrived at the convenience store and gas station, located at 972 Valley Road, and the inside walls were aflame.
No one was injured as a result of the fire, although thick white smoke billowed for hours at the intersection of Routes 35 and 118.
Murch said there was an apartment in the building with a single resident who is now out of a home.
The cause is under investigation, Murch said. An investigator from the state fire marshal’s office was on the scene Thursday and will be back Friday. Murch said the fire is believed to have started in the store.
The store doubles as a gas station, but Murch said the gas tanks were never in danger from the flames.
“That was the only gas in town,” Murch said.
Traffic on Route 35 between Waterford and Stoneham was blocked for about three hours. Assisting Waterford firefighters are departments from Stoneham, Harrison, Oxford, Norway and Paris. Paris and Oxford supplied ladder trucks, and firefighters used them to douse the flames from above.
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