WINTHROP —  Fire ripped through a two-story building Thursday morning that housed a garage on the first floor and an unoccupied apartment on the second floor.

The building at 375 Mt. Pisgah Road was reduced to charred timbers, but a nearby home on the same property was unscathed.

“The building is standing but completely destroyed,” said Winthrop Fire Chief Dan Brooks. “A lot of equipment and tools inside were also destroyed.”

Brooks said the building, owned by Phil St. Pierre, was insured.

Brooks said the fire started around 10:30 a.m. in the woodshop area on the first floor, but investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal remained on the scene to try to pinpoint the origin.

“We’re confident it’s not suspicious,” Brooks said.

The workshop was used by the previous owner, a contractor, who also finished the upstairs apartment.

“It was probably about the nicest two-car garage you’d ever see,” Brooks said.

The current owner used the first floor to store a boat.

He said the fire was reported by a couple of men from Massachusetts who were passing by.

“The owner had an inboard/outboard boat, and they were good enough to hook it to their truck and get it out,” Brooks said.

Brooks said an engine from the Monmouth Fire Department was the first to reach the scene since the property was on the other side of Mount Pisgah from the Winthrop department.

Wayne, Leeds and Wales firefighters helped with providing water.

Brooks said the fire was brought under control in about an hour, and firefighters spent another hour on the scene mopping up.

Betty Adams — 621-5631
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