Blue Hill Maine Fire Department’s Save The Basement Strategy Works Like A Charm

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Maine state-of-the-art fire engine. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorBLUE HILL, Maine — An unoccupied home on Route 15 was destroyed early Friday after fire broke out in the basement and spread throughout the home, according to the local fire official. Blue Hill Fire Chief Dennis Robertson said Friday that Katie Wieberg, the owner of the home, was temporarily staying somewhere else but had been in the home around 9 p.m. Thursday to crank up a wood stove in the basement. The stove was being used to make sure the pipes did not freeze, he said. Around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, someone noticed the fire and reported it, Robertson said. By the time firefighters got to the scene and went inside, the fire had spread through the walls and floors and made it unsafe to stay in the building, he said. The focus point of the blaze appeared to be centered in the floor directly above the stove, he said. (read more at Bangor Daily News)