A fire in Franklin late in the evening May 30 leveled a garage, destroying two vehicles inside, and melted the side of the house. PHOTO BY FIRE CHICKS PHOTOGRAPHY

Fire destroys garage in Franklin



FRANKLIN — A Memorial Day weekend fire destroyed a garage with two vehicles inside and melted the side of the house, which is built of Styrofoam blocks.

Fire Chief Bob Grindle said the fire alarm was sounded about 10:30 p.m. on May 30.

When firefighters arrived at the home at 11 Lonely Oak Way, the garage was already fully involved, Grindle said.

Inside the garage were a car and a sport utility vehicle, Grindle said.

Franklin firefighter Steve Grindle hauls a hose through a curtain of smoke as he and crews from Eastbrook, Hancock, Sullivan and Sorrento battle a garage fire on Lonely Oak Way Monday night.  TINA SMITH/FIRE CHICKS PHOTOGRAPHY
Franklin firefighter Steve Grindle hauls a hose through a curtain of smoke as he and crews from Eastbrook, Hancock, Sullivan and Sorrento battle a garage fire on Lonely Oak Way Monday night.
TINA SMITH/FIRE CHICKS PHOTOGRAPHY

The couple who live at the residence with two children were not injured, he said.

However, the fire did pose complications for firefighters since it is built of Styrofoam blocks, Grindle said.

“They built the houses out of Styrofoam blocks and put vinyl siding on it,” he said. “It’s a problem for us because there is a lot of hydrogen cyanide in that smoke that can cause cancer and contaminates our equipment.”

Grindle said the firefighters were using air masks because of the vinyl siding and would have done so as well had they known immediately the house contained Styrofoam material.

“The garage was pretty near down when we got there,” he said. “We were just trying to protect the house and put the fire out at the same time.”

He said the fire was out by about 1:30 a.m. No firefighters were injured.

Firefighters from Eastbrook, Hancock and Sorrento were on the scene assisting with their tanker trucks.

Firefighters from Sullivan and Sorrento provided backup for Franklin in the event of another blaze.

Firefighters in Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor were on standby to turn out for a fire in any of the communities that were assisting Franklin, Grindle said.

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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