Firefighters worked through the night Monday and were still on scene Tuesday morning

Firefighters worked through the night Monday and were still on scene Tuesday morning

Massive fire destroys Lumby businesses

Firefighters from Lumby, Coldstream, BX and Lavington respond to blaze on Vernon Street

Fire has roared through a landmark business in downtown Lumby.

Nap’s Laundromat and Nap’s Vacuums on Vernon Street were destroyed by a fire that began at about 8:30 p.m. Monday. Also in the building was another business as well as one or two residential apartments.

“It’s a total loss,” said Tony Clayton, Lumby fire chief.

“It was fully involved when we got there.”

The fire was so extensive that assistance was needed from the Coldstream, Lavington and BX fire departments. The main goal was to keep the fire from spreading.

“There is a building within two feet and we managed to save that,” said Clayton.

It’s not known how old the structure is, but it’s construction proved challenging for the firefighters.

“It’s sawdust (insulation) filled and there’s been lots of add-ons,” said Clayton, adding there’s a concern that an unstable wall may collapse.

It’s unknown how the fire started at this point.

“We’re trying to make it safe so we can investigate,” said Clayton.

Crews were still trying to bring hot spots under control at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday.

None of the residents in the apartments or the firefighters were injured during the incident.