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Fire destroys historic building in Lovell

6:54 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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LOVELL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A pile of burned rubble is all that's left standing of the building that once stood tall at 224 Main St. in Lovell.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the building to quickly go up in flames Saturday morning.

The historic landmark building had been in Lovell since 1830, and it previously served as a general store, post office, and telephone switchboard for the town.  Most recently, the building was home to apartments and businesses.  

Fire broke out early Saturday morning, and it took nearly fifty firefighters and close to three hours to knock down the flames.

Bond MacGillivray lives next door to where the fire broke out.  His home was saved, but his art gallery, which was in the historic building, went up in flames.

The loss of the building has people in town wondering what to do next.

"Even if we were to consider rebuilding, to rebuild a home or structure of that magnitude is just inconceivable," MacGillivray said.  "In this day and age, even with the money that would be available with insurance, you could never replace that building."

No one was injured in the fire.  Lovell Fire Chief Tommie McKenzie said the cause of the fire hasn't been determined yet, but investigators are looking at an auxiliary heater in one of the apartments as a possible cause.  

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