June 18, 2018
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Fire destroys garage

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

BLUE HILL, Maine — Fire destroyed a large construction business garage on Route 15 Tuesday afternoon.

According to Blue Hill Assistant Fire Chief Rick Bannsiter, the building was in flames when firefighters arrived at the site of the Earthworks company owned by Lewis Tapley, whose home is located next door to the business. The home was not damaged in the blaze.

No one was in the garage or the house when the fire started, Bannister said.

The fire heated tires and assorted cans and containers inside the building. There were numerous small explosions as firefighters from six towns fought the blaze.

“It was pretty much surround and drown,” Bannister said. “The building had a metal roof and turned it into a big oven.”

Tapley arrived at the scene and used a piece of construction equipment to pull the garage door down so firefighters could get more water inside, Bannister said.

Tapley managed to pull a truck out of the burning building, but the truck was demolished, as was all other equipment inside and just outside the building.

No one was injured in the fire.

The fire started in the back corner of the building, according to Fire Chief Dennis Robertson. Robertson remained at the scene after dark and inspected the remains along with an investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, but they were unable to determine a cause. They expect to be back at the scene this morning to con-tinue their investigation.

Blue Hill firefighters were joined at the scene by crews from Surry, Penobscot, Orland, Brooklin and Sedgwick under the mutual aid agreement among the towns.

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