Easter fire does extensive damage to Cushing store

By Louis Bettcher | Apr 16, 2017
Photo by: Louis Bettcher Smoke can be seen billowing from the rear of the Broad Cove Market in Cushing on April 16.
Broad Cove Market fire 4/16
Firefighters from Warren, Cushing and Thomaston work to extinguish a fire at Broad Cove Market in Union on April 16. (Video by: Louis Bettcher)
Fire at Broad Cove Market
Members of Thomaston, Warren and Cushing Fire Departments responded to a fire at the Broad Cove Market in Cushing on April 16. (Video by: Louis Bettcher)

Cushing — Firefighters from Thomaston, Cushing, Friendship, Warren and Rockland responded to a fire at the Broad Cove Market in Cushing at about 3:30 p.m. on April 16.

A driver passing the River Road landmark saw smoke rising from the eaves of the building and called 911. A Knox County Sheriff's Office deputy arrived first on the scene and checked the building for signs of forced entry, as burglar and fire alarms had been set off.

The market was closed at the time of the fire, and no one was on the premises or injured.

At 4 p.m. heavy smoke was billowing from the rear of the building. Firefighters used the ladder on Fire Engine 2 from the Thomaston Fire Department to reach the roof of the building and the chimney, from which smoke was flowing.

Cushing Fire Chief Arthur Kiskila said crews then had to cut a hole in the building's eaves to finally put the fire out.

Firefighters broke windows on the first and second floors of the building to reduce the amount of smoke inside. Central Maine Power technicians arrived on the scene with a cherry picker utility truck and disconnected electrical wires from the store.

Kiskila said the fire seemed to have originated in the back of the building, in the kitchen area, and spread up to the eaves. He said damage was "extensive," and the grocery store part of the interior had been mostly destroyed.

Fire crews were able to leave the scene by around 6 p.m., according to Kiskila. The Fire Marshal was expected to inspect the building on Tuesday, April 18.

Kiskila called it a "sad situation," adding that many people in Cushing rely on the store.

Property owner Edwynna Crute bought and renovated the store in 2011. The building has been there since 1889, run for generations by the Fales family as the "Fales Store," situated at Broad Cove. Prior to that, a Fales Store had been located at Pleasant Point on Cushing Harbor.

Additional reporting by Linda Hall-Stone and Dan Otis Smith.

Firefighters use the ladder on Thomaston's Fire Engine 2 to reach the top of the Broad Cove Market on April 16. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Fire engines from Cushing, Thomaston and Warren responded to the Broad Cove Market fire in Cushing on April 16. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Firefighters work to extinguish the blaze at the Cushing store April 16. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Firefighters knocked out windows in order to clear smoke from the building. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
The fire appears to have started in the rear of the building. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Technicians from Central Maine Power disconnect utility lines from the Broad Cove Market on April 16. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
The April 16 fire appears to have started at the rear of the Broad Cove Market. (Photo by: Linda Hall-Stone)
An interior view of the Broad Cove Market in Cushing following a fire on April 16. (Photo by: Linda Hall-Stone)
Comments (5)
Posted by: VALERIE ANN ORR | Apr 17, 2017 11:06

I'M SO SORRY EDWYNNA........LAWRESTON CALLED ME WITH THE SHOCKING NEWS LAST NIGHT....MY POSITIVE THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU & I KNOW YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS...KEEP THE FAITH, HONEY!    VALERIE DOWN IN FT. LAUDERDALE.

 

 

VALERIE A. ORR   FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Apr 17, 2017 09:46

Looks like a really good stop. Kudos to all of our local firefighters.



Posted by: Sonia Verge Bates | Apr 17, 2017 09:03

Credit also due to rockland fire for station coverage and to friendship fire for being on scene as well!



Posted by: Margaret McCrea | Apr 17, 2017 08:26

Very sad. Hopefully, insurance will cover the damage and loss, and energy and positivity will allow its return.



Posted by: David J Rockwell | Apr 17, 2017 07:01

That's so sad. We need the Broad Cove Market. Hopefully, Edwynna will rebuild.

 



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