A marijuana grow house in Vassalboro was devastated by a dramatic fire on Monday.

The Vassalboro Fire Department was called to the Webber Pond Road for a structure fire Monday afternoon. When crews arrived, they saw heavy fire and smoke coming from one end of the long red building. Flames leaped several feet into the air, as an engine from Vassalboro and Augusta arrived on the scene and began to attack the outside of the structure. More mutual aid crews also responded to the scene to help fight the massive fire.

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Firefighters went into the building but were soon pulled back out due to a large amount of fire load and how quickly flames were spreading in the attic/storage area. From that point on, crews took on a more defensive approach, just trying to limit the fire to the building.

Officials say once the State Fire Marshal's Office investigators completed their work, a backhoe was called in from Vassalboro Public Works to assist with tearing down the structure, in order to contain any remaining hot spots. The building is a total loss but no one was hurt in the fire. The cause is being attributed to electrical/accidental. There's no word on the financial loss due to the contents of the building.

The fire brought in mutual aid crews from Augusta, Waterville, Winslow, Chelsea, Windsor, Albion, and China. Also assisting at the scene were members of the Maine State Police, Kennebec County Sheriff's Office, and Delta Ambulance.

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