Large fire destroys parts of downtown Old Town

Published: Sep. 22, 2019 at 1:09 AM EDT
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Crews battled a large structure fire on Main Street in Old Town late Saturday night.

The call came in just before 10 p.m.

When crews arrived the building was fully engulfed.

According to Penobscot County dispatchers more than half of the fire departments in the county responded.

The building was next to Yama's Bar and Grill.

We're told the blaze spread to buildings next to it.

We spoke with one Old Town resident who is thankful for the first responders.

"What I know or what has been the most obvious to me is the overwhelming response to the entire area and what could be a very tragic situation. We got older buildings we've got unoccupied buildings we've got areas that are looking to rebuild in a lot of ways and just to see the rapid response has been incredible to us," said Old Town resident, Lance Cahill.

No word yet on a cause.

Old Town city officials say Main Street and Water Street in downtown will be closed indefinitely, while crews work to take down the dangerous parts of the buildings and clean up the debris.

At this time, they are not aware of any injuries to tenants of the building or to emergency personnel.

The Red Cross is helping seven people displaced by the fire.

We spoke with residents who live in an apartment next to it and they say it is not on fire yet but will have water damage.

Posted by WABI TV5 on Saturday, September 21, 2019

We are told the fire in Old Town is still a working fire and for people to avoid the area of Main Street. It is next to Yamas Bar and Grill. We are told Middle Street and Center Street are blocked off.

Posted by WABI TV5 on Saturday, September 21, 2019