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Firefighters battle early morning blaze in Waldoboro

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 07, 2019
Courtesy of: Jeffrey Blake A ladder truck from Damariscotta, right, extends over the railroad tracks from Route 1 to battle a structure fire on Washington Road July 7 in Waldoboro.

Waldoboro — The Waldoboro Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Washington Road just before 5 a.m. Sunday, July 7.

According to Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer, the building is located behind Ameri-Gas and Liberty Tree Fire Arms.

Upon arrival, Smeltzer said, he found the southeast section of the building showing heavy fire and another section with heavy smoke visible from the second floor.

The property is owned by Donald Grady, Jr. of Palm Harbor. Fla., and the building was being used by the owner’s son, Donald Grady III. The occupancy and the exact current use of the building have not been confirmed, Smeltzer said.

"Initial tactics were a defensive attack from the exterior of the building," he said, adding that two suppression operations were established, with a ladder truck from Damariscotta set up on the overpass on Route 1, extending over the railroad tracks and using a master stream with a water pipe over the southeast section.

Hand line operations were established on the Washington Road side, and tanker shuttles supplied water to both operations.

Both roads were down to one lane of traffic until the fire was under control, Smeltzer said, and electrical service was interrupted to several homes and businesses in the area until Central Maine Power was able to isolate the property involved.

Smeltzer said he would consider the building a total loss, although half of it is still standing. The portion still remaining has considerable heat, smoke and water damage.

No injuries were reported.

Fire units cleared the scene at 10:35 a.m.

The Waldoboro Fire Department was assisted on scene by fire departments from Damariscotta, Bremen, Nobleboro, Union, Warren, Friendship and the Lincoln County Firefighter Strike Team. Waldoboro Police Department and Waldoboro EMS also responded and assisted.

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office are looking into the cause of the fire.

Firefighters from several area towns battle a structure fire on Washington Road in Waldoboro July 7. (Courtesy of: Jeffrey Blake)
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