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Fire destroys apartment building in Bucksport; dog may have perished

Posted Aug. 25, 2013, at 5:25 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 26, 2013, at 11:41 a.m.
 Fire broke out at an apartment building on Main Street in Bucksport on Sunday afternoon.
Fire broke out at an apartment building on Main Street in Bucksport on Sunday afternoon.
Fire broke out at an apartment building on Main Street in Bucksport on Sunday afternoon.
Fire broke out at an apartment building on Main Street in Bucksport on Sunday afternoon.

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BUCKSPORT, Maine — Firefighters from six departments worked together to knock down a blaze at a Main Street apartment building Sunday afternoon.

Bucksport Fire Chief Craig Bowden said the building, located at 31 Main Street near the intersection with School Street, has at least half a dozen units and, as far as he knows, everyone got out safely. A dog may have perished in the fire, and a firefighter was treated by medical personnel for heat exposure.

“It did not sound serious,” Bowden said of the firefighter’s condition.

Flames were seen shooting out of the roof, and Bowden said firefighters sprayed more than 300,000 gallons of water at the building, flooding every story of the three-floor structure.

Main Street was closed off while firefighters worked.

Bowden said that, though the building is still standing, it will have to be demolished. Damage from water, smoke and flame is too great to salvage the structure, he said.

“The main roof line has collapsed,” Bowden said.

Cpt. Pam Payson of the Bucksport Fire Department said that firefighters initially had difficulty keeping out of the building a man who thought his son was inside.

“We did eventually find that the son was out, so everyone is accounted for from that apartment building,” Payson said.

The fire appears to have started on the first floor. Bowden said the cause has not been determined, but the State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted and sent an investigator to the scene Sunday.

The Pine Tree Chapter of the Red Cross also has been contacted to assist the 15 or so people who were living in the building, officials said.

Approximately 40 firefighters from Bucksport, Ellsworth, Dedham, Penobscot, Orrington and Orland responded to the report of the fire.

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