Easter fire does extensive damage to Cushing store
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.