Several departments pitched in Wednesday night to help fight a large fire inside a North Yarmouth commercial business that manufactures and distributes molding, flooring, stair parts and countertops.

A dispatcher for the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center said the three-alarm fire broke out shortly after 7 p.m. in Fat Andy’s Hardwoods, a lumberyard and commercial business at 373 Walnut Hill Road, which is Route 115. No injuries were reported.

Lakes Region Maine Fire and Rescue News, which reports on fires in Cumberland County, tweeted that the structure and a vehicle were fully engulfed in flames and that a portion of the building’s roof collapsed. Windham, Yarmouth, Pownal, Cumberland and Freeport crews responded to the fire scene by providing trucks and personnel. The fire started in a truck filled with sawdust before spreading to a building on the property where a number of tools were stored.

Fire crews brought the fire under control at 10 p.m.

The company got its name and logo, a laughing Buddha, from a wood carving that founder Andy Walsh acquired during a trip to Bangkok on his first teak buying trip, according to the business’ website.

The company was established 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 the milling of hardwood lumber, molding profiles, flooring, stair parts and hardwood countertops.


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