One dead in fire at Waldoboro auto repair shop – Bangor Daily News

Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015

WALDOBORO, Maine — Waldoboro Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer confirmed just before noon Friday that a body was found after a fire burned an auto repair shop on Route 1.

“We have found a body,” Smeltzer told The Lincoln County News. “We do not have the identity of that body as of yet.”

Earlier in the day, a number of area fire departments worked to contain a fire at Pinkham’s Auto Repair & Tires as the blaze damaged the building and a pickup parked inside it.

Smeltzer said a representative from the chief medical examiner’s office was on scene but recovery of the remains would be delayed a while because of conditions inside the building.

The remains were found in the building’s basement, said Smeltzer, who did not know whether the person was male or female.

Sgt. Ken Grimes of the state fire marshal’s office said investigators still were waiting to get inside the building. Clean Harbors had pumped contaminants out of the building’s basement, but the floor had caved in and an excavator was on its way to assist.

Smeltzer said heavy, black smoke was showing when he first arrived at the scene at 1376 Atlantic Highway.

“The fire was initially hard to knock down because it was in the [work] pit below a cement floor,” Smeltzer said.

A GMC Sierra pickup parked over the pit received significant smoke and heat damage, Smeltzer said.

“I’m sure it’s totaled,” he said.

The fire spread up the side of the building into the office and up into the roof, Smeltzer said.

Firefighters peeled sheets of siding off the building in their attempts to get at lingering flames.

The Waldoboro, Bremen, Jefferson, Nobleboro, Warren and Washington fire departments responded to the fire, along with Waldoboro Emergency Medical Services. The Bristol Fire Department is providing station coverage for Bremen, and the Somerville Fire Department is standing by at its station to provide coverage for Jefferson.

Lincoln County Communications paged the Waldoboro Fire Department at 5:07 a.m.

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