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3 buildings are 'total loss' after Sanford fire

Posted February 28

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— No one was injured on Sunday afternoon when three buildings in Sanford were destroyed by a fire.

The multi-alarm fire engulfed a cabinet shop, a storage facility and a small church on the corner of Bragg and Matthews streets shortly after 1 p.m., officials said. All three buildings were considered a total loss.

Authorities said they are confident the fire started in Robert's Cabinet Shop, but they may never know the exact ignition point because of how badly the place was damaged. The sawdust, lumber and chemicals found in the shop likely caused the fire to spread, they said.

"There was flames shooting out of the back of the roof, so it was pretty well involved when the first units arrived on scene," said Sanford Fire Department Chief Wayne Barber. "We made an initial attack inside and saw very quickly that was not going to work."

About 40 firefighters from multiple departments spent hours throwing wave after wave of water on the fire.

All the buildings were unoccupied when the fire started, officials said.

Neighbor Marelda Creech said the flames were stubborn.

"It seems like it spread from the roof and then from there it just caught on and when the fire department came, it seemed like the more water they put on it, it just wouldn't go out," she said. "I have never seen anything like it. The flames were real high and a lot of black smoke."


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