Category archives for: Save The Basement

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

brewer maine fireBREWER, Maine — A six-unit apartment building on South Main Street was leveled by fire early Tuesday morning, according to officials. Brewer firefighters and an official with the state fire marshal’s office remained on scene around 8 a.m. combing through the damage and investigating what caused the building at 449 Main St. to burn. Brewer Deputy Fire Chief Ralph Cammack said the initial call came in around 12:30 a.m., and the whole back side of the building was completely engulfed in flames when crews arrived. Cammack said the fire started in a back barn which was used for storage. Four of the units were occupied and all tenants got out safely. The deputy chief did not have an exact number of how many tenants were living in the building, but multiple families were displaced. With two other buildings close to the burning structure, Cammack said crews made aggressive moves to keep the blaze from spreading. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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

damariscotta fireFire destroyed a small house and shed at 65 Cathedral Pines Road in Damariscotta the afternoon of Saturday, April 11.  “There’s not anything left of the house,” Damariscotta Fire Chief John Roberts said. Nobody was at the seasonal home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries, he said. Richard and Jeanne McInnis own the property, according to town records. “The fire was through the roof before any of us got here,” Roberts said. “It took us a while to get access because the driveway wasn’t plowed. We started putting water on it within a few minutes.” (read more at the Lincoln County News)

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

augusta fire departmentAUGUSTA — An apartment house fire Friday night displaced 13 residents of a five-unit building on State Street, the latest fire in a neighborhood that has had several apartment house fires in recent months. City fire crews were joined by crews from four other communities after the fire was reported at 15 State St. shortly before 7:30 p.m. The fire was reported by a tenant in the building, said Sgt. Vicente Morris of the Augusta Police Department. Winthrop, Gardiner, Chelsea and Togus fire crews were called to assist as flames lept from the sides and top of the two-story clapboard building in a tightly packed neighborhood. A cause hadn’t been determined by about 9 p.m. Friday. He said fire crews were focusing on “trying to keep the fire from jumping” to nearby buildings, including 13 State St., which is feet away and was in danger at one point, Morris said. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

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

belgrade maine fireBELGRADE — The owners of an auto repair shop on Dustin Drive lost their business and thousands of dollars of equipment in a fire Monday afternoon. The fire at Ray’s Auto, which is owned by Ray Frappier and his brother-in-law, Percy French, was reported at around 3:15 p.m. Monday. When crews arrived at the scene the building was engulfed in flames, said Belgrade Fire Chief Dan MacKenzie. The garage is at 32 Dustin Drive, which is off Routes 8 and 11 in North Belgrade. French had just eaten lunch and left the business about 25 minutes before the fire, he said. “It was pretty slow so I decided to knock off early,” he said. “I ate my two hot dogs and said, ‘I’m out of here.’” About 25 minutes later Frappier, who lives nearby, called and told him the garage was on fire. Frappier said his son had noticed that the Internet, which is connected to the house through the auto shop, went out. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

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)

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