Police close Maine Street due to early morning fire

Brunswick police closed a section of Maine Street on Sunday after an early morning fire swept through a three-story building on the northern end of the street.

The fire was reported at 2:30 a.m. at 45 Maine St. High winds fanned the flames and turned it into a three-alarm fire that included Wildflours Gluten-Free Market & Bakery on the first floor and several apartments on the second and third floors.

The Red Cross is assisting displaced residents with temporary housing. A Brunswick dispatcher reported no injuries from the fire, which is under investigation by the state Fire Marshal’s Office.


One person hospitalized after fire destroys garage

One person was hospitalized with minor injuries after fire destroyed a garage in Pownal on Sunday afternoon.

The fire at 87 Tuttle Road was reported about 2:45 p.m. and drew firefighters from Pownal, Freeport, Durham, Yarmouth and North Yarmouth, according to Bradford Holden, a dispatcher at the Brunswick communications center.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire, which was under control within a couple of hours, he said.

Holden said the garage, which was rendered a total loss, was not attached to a house. He did not know what was inside the garage. He didn’t release the name, age or gender of the person who was injured and taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland.


Basement fire damages Panoramic Drive home

A fire in the basement of a home in Waterboro on Sunday caused several thousand dollars worth of damage.

Firefighters from Waterboro responded to a monitored alarm about 10:30 a.m. and arrived at 96 Panoramic Drive to find heavy smoke coming from a three-story residence.

Nobody was home at the time, said Waterboro Fire Chief Matthew Bors. Once firefighters gained access to the home, they extinguished the fire in the basement.

Bors notified the state Fire Marshal’s Office but said the fire “is not considered suspicious.”

According to Waterboro’s most recent assessment, the building is worth $374,000 and, including 265 acres, the home is valued at more than $500,000.

Bors reported no injuries and that a family pet escaped without harm. He also said the damage — from fire in the basement and smoke in upper floors — could be much greater than his estimate.


Single-family home’s roof collapses in morning blaze

The roof of a single-family home in Lyman collapsed in a fire Sunday.

Firefighters from several towns responded to 40 Elizabeth Lane, off Day Road, for a three-alarm blaze that was called in at 10:26 a.m.

A dispatcher reported no injuries, but said the Red Cross has been notified to assist with the family.

Units from Goodwins Mills, Alfred, Arundel, Biddeford and Saco responded to the fire.


Blaze draws firefighters from four departments

Firefighters battled a Central Street fire Sunday night.

No one was injured in the fire, said a dispatcher, who didn’t know the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage to the building at 133 Central St.

The fire was reported at 8:19 p.m. Firefighters from Westbrook, Portland, Gorham and Scarborough responded. 


Thousands lose power from storm’s high winds

Utilities say they’re making headway restoring power to the more than 20,000 customers who lost service due to a storm that brought high winds to the state late Saturday and early Sunday.

Central Maine Power said about 12,000 of its customers lost service; by evening, about 6,000 remained without power.

Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. received reports of 13,000 outages before noon. Officials were awaiting updated figures but said they were making headway on restorations.

Saturday night’s heavy rainfall caused a rapid increase in river levels, but forecasters said the high waters were expected to subside later Sunday.

Capitol for a Day coming to Sagadahoc County next

Gov. Paul LePage says he’ll bring Maine’s next Capitol for a Day event to Sagadahoc County on Friday. It’ll be the third Capitol for a Day since February.

LePage plans to tour and meet with staff at shipbuilder Bath Iron Works, neuroscience manufacturer FHC Inc., earthwork and paving contractor H.C. Crooker & Sons and The Highlands independent living center.

LePage will also attend a fundraiser for a homeless shelter and a town hall meeting at Mount Ararat High School in Topsham.

Capitol for a Day is designed to give business leaders and community members a chance to engage with the governor and discuss issues that are important to them.

Capitol for a Day events have already been held in Cumberland and York counties.

Securities office reports $6.4 million in restitution

Maine Securities Administrator Judith Shaw says her office ordered more than $6.4 million in restitution returned to investors last year.

The securities office obtained an additional $164,000 in restitution for Maine investors without taking formal action.

The office also imposed more than $900,000 in fines on violators of securities laws last year, and worked with the attorney general to obtain convictions in two securities-related criminal cases in 2010.

Shaw said input from the public plays a meaningful role in maintaining proper oversight of securities and protecting investors.


Pleasant River oil spill won’t affect smelt fry

An annual smelt fry that’s grown to attract crowds of 500 since it was started 20 years ago will not be affected by a recent oil spill that contaminated spawning grounds on the Pleasant River.

The Downeast Salmon Federation will hold its annual Smelt Fry beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Falls Fire Department grounds.

Executive Director Dwayne Shaw said all of the smelt for the fry were caught, cleaned and frozen before the spill occurred.

Artwork submitted to the 2011 annual Downeast Salmon Federation Student Art Contest will be displayed and awards presented.

The federation’s Pleasant River Hatchery, located at the Wild Salmon Resource Center in Columbia Falls, will be open for tours before the meal.

For more information, contact 483-4336 or [email protected]


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