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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)

Bass Harbor Fire Department’s ‘Save the Basement’ Strategy Works Like a Charm. Unless You Ask the Owner

bass harbor maine fireBANGOR, Maine — The owners of a Bass Harbor restaurant and attached home that was destroyed in a fire 14 months ago have sued in U.S. District Court members of the Trenton and Southwest Harbor fire departments alleging firefighters were negligent in fighting the blaze. Robert L. and Judy A. Cousins, owners of Cap’n Nemos, also sued a reporter, editor and publisher of a Mount Desert Island weekly newspaper alleging the paper libeled them in an article that incorrectly said the Cousinses had pumped their sewage holding tanks into the road. The complaint did not say when the article was published. The restaurant, which looked like a lighthouse and served burgers and seafood, burned to the ground the night of Dec. 3, 2013, according to a previously published report. The Cousins have demanded a jury trial. Answers to the complaint have not yet been filed but the Portland attorney representing the Tremont firefighters said Thursday that he has received it. “The evidence will show that the town and the fire department handle the fire appropriately,” Robert W. Bower Jr. said. “It was a tragic fire. The firefighters did their best, but Cap’n Nemos couldn’t be saved.” (read more at Bangor Daily News)

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

jefferson maine fireFire destroyed a new house on Rockland Road (Route 17) in Jefferson Monday night, Feb. 2. The homeowner planned to move in this week, Jefferson Fire Chief Wally Morris said. The home at 313 Rockland Rd. was vacant and there were no injuries in the fire or the response, Morris said. Morris was at the scene with State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel to investigate the cause of the fire Tuesday morning, Feb. 3. Jeremy Tillson owns the house, Morris said. He has homeowners insurance. Monday’s snowstorm complicated the response to the fire, Morris said. The house sits several hundred feet from the road and the driveway had not been plowed. A firefighter who was among the first to arrive at the scene plowed the driveway. “It was challenging,” Morris said. “It was still snowing heavily at the time. The wind was still whipping pretty good.” (read more at the Lincoln County News)

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

whitefield fire departmentA number of people in a Whitefield home escaped a blaze that destroyed the house Tuesday, and firefighters were back at the scene on Mills Road Wednesday morning when it rekindled. Whitefield Fire Chief Scott Higgins said Wednesday he was told some 8 to 10 people were at the home of Ted and Sarah Rideout when the fire started about 4 p.m. “I have an unconfirmed report of someone having a small burn on the hand or arm, but I haven’t seen them,” Higgins said. Firefighters left the scene about midnight, but came back this morning at 8 a.m. “As far as firefighting efforts, that went flawlessly thanks in big part to the mutual aid companies,” Higgins said from the site on Wednesday. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Pleasant Ridge Plantation Fire Department’s “Save the Basement” Strategy Works Like a Charm

pleasant ridge fire departmentPLEASANT RIDGE PLANTATION — Herbert Hingley, a retired builder, was asleep at his home early Wednesday morning when he heard his dog Babe barking. Babe, a Brittany spaniel who is less than a year old, jumped on her owner and started pawing at his face to get him out of bed. When he finally woke up, 73-year-old Hingley realized his house was on fire and was filling with smoke. “She’s a young dog, but she’s smart,” Hingley said. “She came in whacking me with her paws like she does when she wants to go out. She knew there was something wrong, so she came over to get me.” The fire at 205 Rowe Pond Road, which Hingley reported from a neighbor’s house around 2:30 a.m., destroyed the house that he remodeled himself about 10 years ago and many of his belongings inside. But Hingley and Babe, as well as nine other hunting dogs that Hingley keeps in a kennel outside, were unharmed. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

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