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4/16/2012 11:46:00 AM
News Update - Fire Consumes Nobleboro House, Four Cars
Firefighters keep their hoses trained on the Squiers residence on East Pond Road in Nobleboro Sunday night. (Sherwood Olin photo)
Firefighters keep their hoses trained on the Squiers residence on East Pond Road in Nobleboro Sunday night. (Sherwood Olin photo)
By Shlomit Auciello

Nobleboro firefighters were still on the scene the morning after a four-alarm fire began, that appears to have started in a garage off East Pond Road consumed that building as well as a home and four motor vehicles. No one was injured, but two cats are missing.

Homeowner William Squiers called the fire in at approximately 9:15 p.m., April 15. The cause of the blaze is undetermined, pending an investigation by the State Fire Marshal.

According to Nobleboro Fire Chief Ryan Gallagher, the blaze spread rapidly. By the time the first engine was on the scene, the house was completely engulfed, Gallagher said.

"Within 15 minutes it had collapsed in on itself," said Gallagher. "Basically, all we did was a surround and drown attack on it. All we could do was keep the water going to contain it."

He said there were a number of brush fires in surrounding yards that continued to appear throughout the night and into the morning.

Fire companies from throughout central Lincoln County were called to the site. Gallagher said Damariscotta, Newcastle, Edgecomb, Waldoboro, Whitefield and Bremen responded, as did Friendship, which was originally called to cover the Waldoboro Fire Station, but came to the fire when the Nobleboro department directed them to the scene.

Newcastle and Nobleboro emergency medical services and Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service also responded.

Gallagher said the monetary cost of the damage is unknown at this time, but he considered the vehicles a total loss.

"We're still on scene," he said in a cell phone conversation. "We've been here all night because of the brush fires. It's so dry. The fire danger is so high we've had fires pop up all night."

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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