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1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Press Herald file photo | of | Share this photo

    Newfield residents fight through the night in a effort to save their homes.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine | of | Share this photo

    This sign ironically survived the fire on Route 111 in Alfred.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Associated Press/Ted Dyer courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk | of | Share this photo

    Firefighters setting a back fire on Pool Road in Biddeford.

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    The ruins of the Malvern Hotel in Bar Harbor.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Photo courtesy of the Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College | of | Share this photo

    Bates student volunteer firefighters. (Notice the singed brooms.)

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Associated Press | of | Share this photo

    Wind-whipped flames destroy summer homes in Cape Porpoise on Oct. 22, 1947.

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    Waterboro on fire as seen from 8,600 feet.

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    Private James Gorman, a National Guardsman, stands watch against looting at the ruins of a house in Kennebunkport's Goose Rocks section following the devastating fires of 1947.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine | of | Share this photo

    At an unknown location in York Co., firefighters mobilize at the edge of the fire.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine | of | Share this photo

    York Co. fire, location unknown.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Associated Press | of | Share this photo

    A mass of ruins is all that remains of this little vale in Bar Harbor on Oct. 24.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine | of | Share this photo

    Fighting fires in York Co.

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    Publisher Joseph Pulitzer, right, and his pilot, unidentified, view the remains of "Woodlands," the estate of his sister, in Bar Harbor on October 24, the day after the fire.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Associated Press/Ted Dyer courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk | of | Share this photo

    In this, possibly the most famous photo of the 1947 fires, a fire that had been underground in North Kennebunkport for almost a week broke out and began to move. Late in the day, fanned by high winds, the fire leaped across Route 1 in an arc of flames that dwarfed firefighters who stood helplessly by.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine | of | Share this photo

    Louis Burr's tank, location unknown in York Co.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine | of | Share this photo

    Goose Rocks Beach after the fire.

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    1947 fire at an unknown location, probably York Co.

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    Stark chimneys and brick rubble mark the site of the once-luxurious estate of conductor Walter Damrosch in Bar Harbor.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine | of | Share this photo

    John Kerr of Marblehead, MA, fought to save his house by wetting it with a garden hose. It was one of the few cottages left standing at Fortunes Rocks in Biddeford.

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    The fire in a field in Biddeford Pool.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Associated Press photo courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine | of | Share this photo

    Clinton Wakefield, Melville Knight and his wife, Ruth Knight packing their belongings in East Waterboro as they move out of the path of the fire. Waterboro was one of the worst hit towns that fall but the Knight house was spared.

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    Waterboro photographed from 8,600 ft.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine | of | Share this photo

    Fire destruction York Co.

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    An unknown house engulfed in flames.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine | of | Share this photo

    A field in flames in York Co.

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    Biddeford after the fire.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine | of | Share this photo

    A pile of shovels and brooms for firefighters at the American Red Cross headquarters on State St. in Portland.

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    The desolation of Goose Rocks immediately after the fire.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine | of | Share this photo

    Schoolhouse in Dayton.

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    Aerial view of the forest fire on October 21 in the Newfield area near the New Hampshire line.

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    A line of volunteers tries to hold back the flames in a field in Biddeford Pool.

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    Newfield immediately after the fire.

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    Wind-whipped flames destroy several summer homes at Cape Porpoise on Oct. 22.

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    Farm buildings in left background and center foreground are endangered by flames sweeping through woods near Newfield on Oct. 21.

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    Bar Harbor after fire passed through.

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    Trees felled by volunteer firefighters on Mount Desert Island, as they try to establish a fire break between Bar Harbor and Seal Harbor in a effort to halt spread of the fire, smoke from which can be seen in the background.

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    Air view shows several of the estates in Bar Harbor, Maine on Oct. 24, the day after the fire swept the town.

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    Barcotte or Barcolte Lumber Yard, ablaze. The location is unknown but the yard was owned by Deering Lumber.

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    Fighting for a farm (possibly Hutchins) in North Kennebunkport.

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    Goose Neck Beach with the town's store on left with gas pumps.

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    An unknown house on fire. Observers of the various fires noted that houses often seemed to just explode.

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    1947 Fire in York County and on Mount Desert - Associated Press/Ted Dyer courtesy of the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk | of | Share this photo

    Pumper filling at Mill Pond, Clark's Mill, Hollis.

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    Damage at Goose Rock Beach.

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