Orr’s Island fire destroys classic cars

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ORR’S ISLAND — A fire that burned from late afternoon Monday to early Tuesday morning destroyed a Lower Road garage and the classic cars inside.

Firefighters received the call at about 4:30 p.m., Orr’s & Bailey Islands Interim Fire Chief Bill Beazley said Tuesday morning. The Harpswell Neck, Cundy’s Harbor, Brunswick, and Freeport fire departments also responded.

The blaze started in a car parked in front of the garage, an ell off the main house, Beazley said. Although the garage caught fire, destroying it and at least three collectible cars, “we were very fortunate to be able to stop the fire basically at the juncture of the garage and the main house,” he said.

The main house was heavily damaged by smoke, but thanks primarily to the Brunswick firefighters, damage to the structure was prevented, Beazley said. He did not have an estimate of monetary damage, or know why the car caught fire.

Firefighters were on the scene until about midnight, and were called back about two hours later. They cleared the scene by 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Beazley said.

The residents, Arnold and Nancy Bennett, are staying at an area hotel. They both have served on the Orr’s & Bailey Islands department’s board of directors, Beazley said.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.