WINTERPORT, Maine — An afternoon fire destroyed a Winterport garage and a pair of antique automobiles, along with a former mechanic’s trove of tools, according to the town fire chief.
Winterport fire Chief Thomas Doe said Sunday night that the homeowner, Larry Deane, was grinding metal when sparks flew toward the back of the garage and set off the fire. The flames spread quickly. By the time the homeowner ran inside his home to report the fire and came back outside, the roof had already begun to collapse, according to Doe.
Firefighters were called to the scene at 165 Monroe Road around 3:50 p.m., Doe said. By the time they reached the scene the garage was a loss and crews had to “surround and douse” the blaze to make sure it didn’t spread to Deane’s home.
The fire was under control within minutes, but crews continued to douse the remains of the garage until they returned to the station around 6 p.m., Doe said. No one was injured.
A 1949 Chevrolet convertible and 1940 Ford pickup were destroyed in the fire.
Doe said paint, paint thinner and other flammables stored in the garage likely helped the fire spread at a rapid pace.
The building, its contents, and one of the vehicles, the 1949 Chevrolet, are insured, according to Doe.
Fire crews from Newburgh and West Frankfort also responded to the call, Doe said.