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Fire destroys garage, plow trucks at Maine Turnpike facility

Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 7:49 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2021 at 3:15 PM EST
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LITCHFIELD, Maine — A fire destroyed a garage at the Maine Turnpike facility in Litchfield Thursday evening.

Maine Turnpike Authority spokeswoman Erin Courtney said there were five plow trucks, a loader and a new traffic control vehicle inside when the fire broke out.

Courtney said the MTA has figured out a plan for plowing this winter, which will involve using spare trucks and pulling from other locations.

Chief Operating Officer of the Maine Turnpike Authority, Peter Merfeld said between Gardiner and Auburn, they’ll be covering in the meantime.

“We should be able to make up for it in the short-term, but losing five plow trucks is a huge loss,” said Merfeld.

Nobody was inside the building at the time of the fire.

The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.

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