May 3, 2013

Fire hits upper floors of Waterville Main Street building

By Amy Calder acalder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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A building in downtown Waterville burns Friday afternoon. The fire on the upper floors of the Main Street building between Silver and Spring streets was reported around 4 p.m.

Photo by Robert Koenig

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A building in downtown Waterville burns Friday afternoon. The fire on the upper floors of the Main Street building, between Silver and Spring streets, was reported around 4 p.m.

Photo by Robert Koenig

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Mona Juliano said she and her husband are not insured for their tattoo business, which employs six people, including themselves.

The business formerly was on College Avenue and moved to the Main Street building 1 1/2 years ago after Weeks moved his business, J.R.’s Pawn Shop, out of the space and into a building on Elm Street.

“We were doing procedures and a lady came in and told us to get out of the building and call 911 — it was on fire,” she recalled. “They won’t let us into the building. It’s all water damage. Our ceiling is floating down Main Street.”

She said her friends Joyanne and Jeff Varney lived in an apartment on the third floor.
Bill Juliano’s brother, Michael Juliano, owns Top Dog Wireless, which was housed on the first floor with the tattoo business.

“He just lost all his stuff,” Bill Juliano said.

Meanwhile, LaFountain said fire officials probably will return to the scene on Saturday to do more in-depth investigation.

When the fire started, Susan Day-Donna, 68, of Belgrade, stood on a grassy hill off Spring Street Extension, watching the spectacle. She said her father, George Donna, owned the Waterville Hardware building with Irving Leathers in the 1940s and 50s.

“I’m glad they’re not here (to see this),” she said. “I remember going there when I was a little kid. I used to play all over the place in there.”

Norton Webber, former owner of You Know Whose Pub on The Concourse, stood nearby.

“I’m good friends with J.R. (Weeks), so I feel really badly,” Webber said.

Dan McNulty and Tony Bernard said they saw the fire from the South End of the city and came to investigate.

“It was completely black smoke. It was really scary,” Bernard said.
LaFountain said just before 8 p.m. that firefighters were taking the roof off the building.

The Sidney Fire Department covered the Waterville fire station Friday.

Amy Calder — 861-9247
acalder@centralmaine.com
 

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Firefighters spray water on a building on fire in downtown Waterville on Friday afternoon. The block is between Spring and Silver streets.

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Main Street in Waterville is closed as firefighters work in an alley to extinguish fires in the facing building Friday afternoon.

Jim Evans / Morning Sentinel

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Crowds gather on Main Street in downtown Waterville on Friday afternoon as a building burns between Spring and Silver streets.

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Waterville firefighters move in close to the top floors where flames were seen earlier Friday.

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