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On Sept. 21, 2019, in Old Town, Maine, four buildings caught fire. At 10:15 p.m., ET, the top floor of the main building was already in flames. Fire officials said, “We have every one of the Penobscot County fire departments here at this current moment. Everyone is out and counted for.”
At 12:03 a.m., building number four started to go up in flames. Cars have been moved and Main Street is closed off. Firefighters cut into Yamas Grill’s roof, while the smaller engines pulled over by the river to refill the larger engines that were fighting the fire from the top.
Residents and other local restaurants brought water and food to the firefighters. American Red Cross arrived around 11:30 p.m. The roves of three of the buildings are gone. Firefighters were heard talking and it was unclear if the gas had been turned off.
An ambulance was seen moving into position behind the flaming buildings. After some time went by it left the area with its lights on and went toward Milford from Main Street in Old Town.
At 12:30 a.m. the fire is still ablaze and it is not letting up. Firefighters are spraying water from all angles.
At 12:38 a.m., the smoke changed from black to white. It is still smoldering inside. Firefighters are not sure why.
The fire appears to mostly be out; it is 12:48 a.m. Firefighters are making sure that it is all out. The flames have died down but the smoke still rises and it is becoming black again.
By 1:01 a.m., smoke is still rising and there are no visible flames at this moment. All the firefighters are still here. The community is going home. But the authorities have not gotten any smaller.
Officers are talking to the tenants to get their statements. They are trying to determine the cause of the fire.
At 1:11 a.m., Eddington Fire Department has arrived. Smoke is still rising but flames cannot be seen from the ground. Still, have no idea what caused it.
The National Guard has also arrived. Authorities believe it is possible that it was an electrical fire that started the flames that took out Main Street in Old Town. Maine Street and North Water Street will be shut down until Monday. The primary building where the fire started has collapsed and clean up crews are working around the clock.
By Kailynn Merrill
Edited by Jeanette Smith
Featured Image Courtesy of Joseph Foster – Used With Permission
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