June 18, 2018
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Firefighters save West Bath home as nearby garage destroyed by fire

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

WEST BATH, Maine — Fire destroyed a two-story garage Tuesday but firefighters were able to save a nearby home.

West Bath Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Beane said Wednesday that the garage at 29 Moose Trail Drive was engulfed in flames when the first crews arrived after the fire was reported about 5:40 p.m.

“The fire was already through the roof on arrival,” Beane said. The property owner’s home, which is situated about 20 feet from the garage, was also in danger. Beane said vinyl siding on the wall facing the garage was melting but that two tanker crews quickly brought the fire under control and saved the home.

“The house is still livable,” Beane said. Crews from West Bath, Bath, Phippsburg, Woolwich, Brunswick, Georgetown and Arrowsic responded to the blaze, though Beane said some of them were called off because the blaze was contained so quickly. He said the last crews left the scene at around 7:30 p.m.

Beane said the garage, which included a second-story storage space, was a total loss. He said some kind of classic car that was in the garage also was destroyed. Beane declined to identify the homeowner.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, he said.

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