UNITY — A fast-moving fire destroyed the Amish Community Market Thursday afternoon at 368 Thorndike Road.

The all-metal building was fully involved when first responders arrived around 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, according to Unity Fire Chief Blaine Parsons. At this point, he said, the cause of the fire is undetermined. The state Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.

Parsons said there were people inside the building baking at the time the blaze started, but they were able to get out without injury. Because the building was metal, the fire was extremely hot, he said, which presented challenges in “trying to get to the seat of the fire.”

“All-metal buildings are hard to work with,” he said. Since Unity does not have its own aerial fire truck, Parsons said, Liberty Fire was called in,  and it took about 30 minutes for them to arrive.

Fire departments from many area towns came to aid in the large structure fire, including Troy, Burnham, Winslow, Freedom, Liberty, Fairfield/Benton, Albion, Brooks, Thorndike and Montville, along with Unity and Delta Ambulance.

The market, which sold hardware, work and winter boots, toys, outdoor furniture, wood stoves, bulk food, housewares, and on Wednesday mornings, homemade doughnuts, will be missed, Parsons said. “It’s a huge loss for the community.”

He reminded people to make sure to keep their chimneys clean and doorways and entrances clear in case of an emergency such as this.

Donations can be made to Community Market, c/o Bishop Caleb Stoll, 368 Thorndike Road, Unity, ME 04988. A bank account is being set up for donations.

Amish community members watch as firefighters work the blaze at the Community Market in Unity Jan. 20. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Not much is left of the Community Market in Unity after a quick-moving blaze Jan. 20. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Winslow Fire Department crew at the Community Market fire Jan. 20 in Unity. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Photo by Fran Gonzalez

A rainbow appears behind Liberty’s aerial fire truck as firefighters work to put out the blaze at the Community Market in Unity Jan. 20. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Many area fire crews respond to the Community Market blaze Jan. 20. Photo by Fran Gonzalez