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Biddeford History & Heritage Project

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Cities of Smoke and Soot

Ruins of Grafton Lumber Co., Biddeford, 1963

Ruins of Grafton Lumber Co., Biddeford, 1963

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McArthur Public Library

It is impressive to note how the front section of the 1921 Saco-Lowell building survived the blaze which destroyed just about all of the building built in 1911. The total financial losses on the building are approximately $7.5 million in today's economy. As is typical with the majority of massive fire destruction, thousands of local citizens were drawn to watch the conflagration. The police departments of both Biddeford and Saco were busy securing the perimeter of the building and ensuring the safety of the spectators.

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