Several departments respond to fire at North Yarmouth commercial building


Several departments mobilized Wednesday night to help fight a large fire at a North Yarmouth trading company that manufactures and distributes moldings, flooring, stair parts and countertops.

A dispatcher from the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center said the three-alarm fire started shortly after 7 p.m. at Fat Andy’s Hardwoods, a lumber yard and commercial enterprise located at 373 Walnut Hill Road, which is Route 115. No injuries were reported.

Lakes Region Maine Fire and Rescue News, which reports fires in Cumberland County, tweeted that the structure and a vehicle were completely on fire and part of the building’s roof collapsed. Windham, Yarmouth, Pownal, Cumberland and Freeport responded to the fire scene, providing trucks and personnel. The fire started in a truck full of sawdust before spreading to a building on the property where several tools were stored.

Fire crews were on the scene until Wednesday evening and brought the blaze under control at 10 p.m. Walnut Hill Road has not been closed, but police are asking drivers to avoid the area if possible.

The company takes its name and logo, a Laughing Buddha, from a woodcarving that founder Andy Walsh acquired during a trip to Bangkok on his first teak-buying trip, according to a history posted on the company’s website.

The company was formed in 1987 and in 2017 Walsh sold the business to Chris Calise. Since then, Fat Andy’s Hardwoods has become a source of quality hardwood for furniture makers and custom boat builders. The company now specializes in milling hardwood, molding profiles, floors, stair parts and hardwood countertops.


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