PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A fire destroyed The Bradbury Barrel Co.’s primary manufacturing building in Bridgewater on Monday night, after what firefighters believe to be an equipment failure sparked the flames.
Bridgewater Fire Chief Troy Bradstreet said the fire on Station Street was reported around 6:30 p.m by Bridgewater Town Manager Jill Rusby, who noticed the flames while driving.
Bradstreet said approximately 35 firefighters fought the fire for seven hours. Firefighters from Littleton, Mars Hill and Monticello helped the Bridgewater Fire Department contain the blaze. Despite efforts from firefighters, Bradstreet described the building as a total loss.
Bradstreet said firefighters were able to save a quonset structure attached to the primary building. The company manufactures high-quality wood display systems in addition to potato barrels and baskets.