Buxton blaze destroys home, garage, vehicles

BUXTON – A home, garage and several vehicles were destroyed on Tuesday in an early morning fire on Narragansett Trail in Buxton.

The two-alarm fire was reported at 2:58 when a smoke detector awakened the homeowner, said Buxton Fire Chief Nathan Schools. The name of the man, who was alone in the home, was not available.

Schools said the fire started in the area of the garage and spread to a breezeway and then to the yellow, single-story home. The garage appeared to have burned to the ground.

“The garage was heavily involved” and thick smoke was coming from the front door of the house, Schools said when he arrived at the scene. “It was ahead of us before we started,” Schools said.

Schools said 10 vehicles were on the property and all but two were destroyed.

Ten tank trucks hauled water from ponds near the Gorham town line and at the Buxton intersection of routes 202 and 22 to battle the blaze. Departments from Gorham, Hollis, Saco, Scarborough and Standish assisted Buxton firefighters.

Schools said the property was “too heavily damaged” to determine origin of the fire. The state Fire Marshal’s Office went to the scene.

The fire closed Narragansett Trail during the morning commute until 7 a.m. Later Tuesday morning, Mike Brackett, assistant store manager at Hannaford in Buxton, delivered a donation in an envelope to the Bar Mills Fire Station on Portland Road.

Buxton Fire Chief Nathan Schools said an early morning fire on Tuesday destroyed this home, a garage and several vehicles on Narragansett Trail.