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Readfield Fire Department’s ‘Save the Basement’ Strategy Works Like a Charm

readfield maine fire departmentThe occupant of a mobile home and his dog escaped injury Monday morning when fire ripped through the building on Butman Boulevard in Readfield, bringing firefighters from a number of local departments. The blaze was reported prior to 11 a.m. at 14 Butman Blvd., just off on Route 17 south of Maranacook High School. “We’re in the process of doing an overhaul, taking care of hot spots,” said Readfield Fire Chief Lee Mank, just before 1 p.m. as firefighters remained at the scene. Mank said the home was destroyed. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Enfield Fire Department’s ‘Save the Basement’ Strategy Works Like a Charm

enfield fire departmentENFIELD, Maine — Heavy, swirling winds thwarted efforts of firefighters to save a sprawling two-story Lincoln Road home on Thursday. No one was injured in the blaze, firefighters said. Lincoln Assistant Fire Chief Gordon Burnham said the house at 652 Lincoln Road was probably already unsalvageable when the first firefighters arrived several minutes after the call came in at 8:10 a.m. “Our first units rolled up and reported that the entire front half of the structure [was ablaze],” Burnham said Thursday. “I got here about 10 minutes after they did. The flames were coming out over the road. The road was obscured by smoke. “We had 600 gallons [of water] a minute going out of our main master stream on Engine 2, and it could not even reach the fire. It was so hot, it was all evaporating before it even got to the fire,” Burnham added. Firefighters from Howland, Lincoln, Lowell, Mattawamkeag and Passadumkeag fought the blaze. East Millinocket firefighters were on standby to cover Lincoln and Medway firefighters standing by to cover Mattawamkeag, a Penobscot Regional Communications Center dispatcher said. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Central Maine Fire Departments Having Trouble Finding Enough People to Watch Your House Burn to the Ground Properly

central maine fire departmentsOnly four firefighters on the China Village Fire Department are trained to enter a burning building. The department needs at least six to launch an interior attack to put out a fire. When Fire Chief Tim Theriault looks at his roster of 22 volunteers, he sees only four under the age of 50; he had 15 or more volunteers under age 50 a decade ago. Some on the roster now are in bad health. Others, between jobs and family, have no time for needed additional training. And many of the volunteers, while willing, aren’t able. “I got guys who are claustrophobic. They can’t put a mask on. But you don’t want to throw them away, because they are willing to help,” he said. The result has been the department may not get enough manpower on scene to knock a fire down before the structure is lost while waiting for mutual aid assistance from other towns. Across Maine, a dramatic decline in the number of volunteer firefighters, particularly young ones, threatens the ability of small departments to provide essential public service. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Temple Fire Department’s ‘Save the Basement’ Strategy Works Like a Charm

temple fire departmentTEMPLE — A fire that destroyed a home at 5 Forest Hill early Tuesday morning was ruled accidental, fire Chief David True said. The home of Chris Wahlstrom off Varnum Pond Road was pretty much gone by the time firefighters arrived about 2 a.m., True said. Wahlstrom, a Merchant Marine, was not at home. Apparently, a neighbor saw a glow coming from the residence and called officials, he said. An investigator from the Office of the State Fire Marshal determined the cause was accidental, True said. Usually in cases like this, electricity is suspected as the cause, he said. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Clinton Fire Department’s ‘Save the Basement’ Strategy Works Like a Charm

clinton maine fireCLINTON — A fire at 564 Canaan Road destroyed the home of a couple who also lost a home in the same location to fire about 20 years ago, according to the local fire chief. The fire was reported just before 4 p.m. Saturday and brought crews from four area towns to the scene. Flames engulfed the structure and heavy smoke could be seen from miles away. The home belongs to Hans Krueger Jr. and his wife, whose name was unavailable, said Clinton Fire Chief Gary Petley. The Kruegers declined to comment. Hans Krueger was in the woods surrounding the house and his wife was inside when the fire broke out, Petley said. It is believed to have originated from a wood stove, although the fire is still under investigation, he said. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Woolwich Fire Department’s ‘Save the Basement’ Strategy Works Like a Charm

woolwich maine fireFire destroyed a home at 190 Hedge Bridge Road in Woolwich Tuesday night, Feb. 24, after firefighters were unable to put water on the blaze due to a long, unplowed driveway to the residence, Woolwich Fire Captain Glen Kirkpatrick said Wednesday. A dog and cat died in the fire that was reported at 8:56 p.m. Tuesday, Kirkpatrick said. The home’s owner, whose name was not available by press time, discovered the fire upon arriving home and called 911. No one was injured. The home’s occupants had a walking path from the road to the home through the snow, but if firefighters stepped off it they were about knee-deep in snow, Kirkpatrick said. He recommends all property owners keep their driveways plowed so that emergency vehicles can get through, and to help with firefighters’ safety. (read more at the Wiscasset Newspaper)

Waterville Fire Department’s ‘Save the Basement’ Strategy Works Like a Charm

waterville fireWATERVILLE — A fast-moving fire tore through a five-unit apartment building in the city’s South End Monday, destroying the building and leaving 12 people homeless and two cats unaccounted for. By early evening, what was left of the three-story building was being razed. “It’s being torn down,” fire Chief David LaFountain said just before 5:30 p.m. “There’s an excavator over there, and it’s going to be ripping it down toward the street and putting it back into the basement.” Fierce wind made the fire at 15 Paris St. dangerous and difficult to fight, according to LaFountain. Just before noon he said, “With the wind conditions, it blew the fire all over the place. It kept changing directions. Right now we’re in defensive mode, which means nobody goes inside.” About 40 firefighters from Waterville, Winslow and Fairfield battled the blaze, which was reported at 10:12 a.m. Waterville fire officials, investigators from the state fire marshal’s office and Waterville police detectives worked Monday to determine the fire’s cause. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Somerville Fire Department’s ‘Save the Basement’ Strategy Works Like a Charm

somerville maine fireSOMERVILLE — A fast-moving fire destroyed a home and attached barn Sunday morning on Route 105, killing several animals in the process. Fire Chief Michael Dostie said one person suffered a minor injury while helping animals escape from the barn. That person, whom Dostie could not identify, was treated by rescue workers at the scene. “One of the animals tried to run him over,” Dostie said. There were no other injuries associated with the blaze, but some animals are unaccounted for and probably dead. “We’re not sure how many,” Dostie said, adding that at least three dogs, three pigs and possibly two goats had died. The home at 85 Route 105, also known as Patricktown Road, was the home of Scott and Missy Peaslee and their young son. The home, which stood across from Frenchs Pond Road, included a main house and a barn that was attached by a large ell in the middle. All were leveled in less than an hour by flames that were fanned by a driving wind that whipped across the field atop the small hill. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Owl’s Head Fire Department’s ‘Save the Basement’ Strategy Works Like a Charm, Except for the Guy With The Basement

owls head fire departmentOWLS HEAD, Maine — The owner of an auto repair shop has sued the town, its fire department and the chief, claiming that the chief let the business burn because of a grudge from a car accident nearly two decades earlier. Fire Chief Frank E. Ross said Tuesday that this was untrue. “I don’t know where that is coming from. I thought we were friends,” Ross said Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court by Cecil A. Fogg and his company Cecil A. Fogg Inc. against the town, the volunteer fire department and Ross. Fogg is seeking more than $400,000 in damages for losses and an unspecified amount for punitive damages. The fire occurred on the afternoon of Feb. 10, 2013, at Frankie’s Garage on Route 73 in Owls Head. The fire began in an oil waste furnace. Fogg claims that when Ross arrived he was not in his turnout gear and went inside the building without his gear to look at the fire, and then when he left, he left the door open, which allowed the fire to spread faster. The chief also did not have the proper equipment to hook up hoses to the nearest fire hydrant. He also refused to use spray foam or set up a dunk tank to battle the blaze, according to the lawsuit. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Dixfield Fire Department’s ‘Save the Basement’ Strategy Works Like a Charm

dixfield fire departmentDIXFIELD — Fire Thursday night destroyed a two-story house, attached garage and camper trailer on Canton Point Road, but no one was injured, Dixfield fire Chief Scott Dennett said Friday morning. He was waiting at the fire scene at 1169 Canton Point Road for state fire investigator Dan Young and homeowners Brian Webber and Melissa Strout to arrive. Dennett said a family cat was in the house when the fire broke out sometime before 6:50 p.m. He was in the driveway when the cat suddenly dashed past him. “All I saw was a bullet go zooming by,” he said. The cat was caught and taken to a local veterinarian’s emergency room, treated and was back with its owners Friday morning, Dennett said. Webber and Strout had gone shopping, and went to enter a door but the room was smoke-filled, preventing entry, Dennett said. Webber went around the house to the back side and discovered the fire. They called 911. Dispatchers sent Dixfield and Peru firefighters, and Med-Care Ambulance to the structure fire initially. While en route, Dennett said he requested mutual aid from Mexico, Rumford and East Dixfield firefighters, who were sent at 6:55 p.m. “You could see a glow,” Dennett said of the initial fire on arrival. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

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