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.
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.