Kittery Trading Post: ‘We’re still hoping for a miracle’
Kitterys trading post, which was damaged in the blaze, will be rebuilt, as the city’s fire department said it will not reopen until at least the end of the month.
Firefighters had to use a crane to get the building open on Monday afternoon.
The fire broke out about 6:30 a.m. on Monday, causing extensive damage to the building.
“We’ve been through some really tough days in Kitteries trading post,” Kitterymans fire chief Tim O’Connor told the Post and Courier.
“We’re looking forward to getting the fire under control.”
Fire crews were able to get in and out of the building as quickly as possible.
The building was initially evacuated and evacuated to a safer area.
Fire crews arrived about 4:15 a.f.m., and about two hours later, the fire was under control.
O’Connor said it is unlikely any other people will be hurt.
Kitterys Fire Chief Tim O. O’Conner said the fire is expected to be contained within the next two to three days.
Katherine McAlister, a KitterYM spokeswoman, said the department is in touch with local officials and that there are no plans to close the trading post.
The trading post was owned by Kitteryscraper and sold to Kittericomposters Inc. in 2016.
Kitters chief operating officer Mike Breen said the company plans to donate the trading area to the community.
The community was asked to remain calm as they worked through the recovery process, and the trading posts reopened on Tuesday morning.
Overnight, Kitterynews tweeted a photo of the trading floor that is visible from the downtown.
“This was a once in a lifetime moment, the Kitteriest trading post in Canada,” the tweet read.