Elm Street in Topsham to be closed for controlled burn of former retirement home

Posted May 02, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.

TOPSHAM, Maine — A major street in Topsham will be closed throughout the day Saturday as local fire departments conduct a training burn of the former Amenity Manor retirement home.

Elm Street from Maine Street to Foreside Road will be closed 7 a.m.-7 p.m., according to Topsham Fire Chief Brian Stockdale.

The Amenity Manor property will be redeveloped by River Landing LLC, as senior affordable housing, according to interim town planner Rod Melanson.

The project is expected to begin in late spring or early summer.

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About 70 firefighters from seven towns will participate in the practice burn.

Stockdale said live fire training has become more valuable as fires have become less frequent.

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