January 10, 2013

New section of Poland's fire station collapses in high winds

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

POLAND — An 8,000-square-foot wood framed section of the Poland Fire Station, which is under construction, collapsed in high winds early Thursday morning.

Poland’s Fire and Rescue Chief, Mark Bosse, said firefighters had just returned from a motor vehice accident around 4 a.m. when they heard a loud bang.

Bosse said no one was inside the addition, a $2.3 million project designed to house offices, to provide training and storage space, and to be used as sleeping quarters by firefighters.

The addition will need to be rebuilt but at no cost to the town, Bosse said. The collapse will delay the project by about three weeks. The contractor – PM Construction of Saco – broke ground on the project six weeks ago.

In the meantime, it will be business as usual at the town’s existing fire station – a brick and mortar structure that was unaffected by the building collapse.

“It was caused by a freak of nature,” Bosse said Thursday night.“We’ll pick up the pieces tomorrow.”

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)