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Restaurant at Bayley’s Camping Resort in Scarborough, Maine, gutted by fire

The building was a total loss
The building was a total loss(Bonnie Collins)

More than 60 firefighters battled a fire in a restaurant at a popular camping resort in Scarborough, Maine, Tuesday evening, officials said.

“It was a ball of fire,” said Bonnie Collins, a nurse from Holden, Maine, describing the three-alarm blaze at Bayley’s Camping Resort that led to the collapse of the Seaside Cafe and arcade.

Firefighters were called to the 45-acre property at 6:42 p.m. and found flames flying out of the attic of the single-story wood-frame restaurant and arcade.

“Our efforts were concentrated on the amphitheater less than 5 feet away,” said Scarborough Fire Chief Michael Thurlow, explaining that the restaurant was already severely damaged so “controlling the blaze” was the main concern.

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Thurlow said no one was injured, and the extent of the damage was contained to the restaurant.

Crews spent nearly six hours battling the flames. Thurlow said the lack of hydrants within the campgrounds required more manpower.

The cause of the fire could not be determined because of the damage, the Maine state fire marshal’s office said in a statement.

“The building was gutted in the fire,” the statement said.


Sabrina Schnur can be reached at sabrina.schnur@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @sabrina_schnur.