Fire KOs car wash

A three-alarm fire May 6 destroyed the car wash attached to this convenience store and gas station at 601 Main St. in Gorham.

A covenience store with a gas station that sustained “significant damage” remained closed Tuesday after a three-alarm fire late Friday afternoon destroyed its attached car wash at 601 Main St. in Gorham.

Gorham Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre said Tuesday an electrical short circuit in the dashboard of a vehicle in the car wash was the origin of the fire at TNT Quick Stop. It started in the last wash bay from the store. He said two adults were with the car when it ignited.

Lefebvre said the car wash, which had several bays, was destroyed. The store, Lefebvre said, sustained significant damage.

According to Gorham tax records, the property is owned by Todd L. Flannery and Kari L. Flannery, 94 Scottow Hill Road, Scarborough. The facility’sĀ  assessed value in 2015 for tax purposes was $592,800. Contacted Tuesday, Todd Flannery said the business is a total loss and didn’t know when it might re-open.

The facility, built in 1997, is on a 6.1-acre lot.

Firefighters from four communities responded to the fire about 4:10 p.m. May 6. Lefebvre said when firefighters arrived, the roof over the car wash was collapsing and flames were shooting 25 to 30 feet in the air.

Lefebvre was concerned for his crews because of the intensity of the fire, heating and ventilation equipment on the roof, several natural gas appliances at the facility and propane tanks. He said power was shut off to the pumps for the gasoline stored inĀ underground tanks. He said there were no injuries.

Fire departments assisting Gorham at the scene included Buxton, Standish, Westbrook, and Windham. Firefighters from Gray, Portland and Scarborough staffed Gorham stations.