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Otisfield Fire Department’s ‘Save The Basement Strategy’ Works Like A Charm

otisfield maine fire departmentOTISFIELD — A couple arrived home from visiting a sick relative to find their home, barn and business destroyed Sunday evening. Shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, fire crews were called to 624 Route 121 for a report of a barn on fire. “The back of the barn was already on fire when (firefighters) knocked on the doors,” neighbor Jeff Jacobs said. Jacobs said he called 911 after seeing flames in a barn belonging to Gary and Debby Dyer. Before long, the barn and two-story, cedar shake-sided home were engulfed as well as a couple vehicles as crews arrived, closing off part of Route 121 while tankers from surrounding towns began a relay of trucks filling up near the Otisfield Fire Department about a mile away and delivering the water to the scene. Jacobs said the Dyers had two horses and cats in the barn that did not make it out. “The daughters are devastated,” Jacobs said. No one was home at the time of the fire, Jacobs said. According to Jacobs, the Dyers were visiting an ailing relative in Bangor when the fire broke out. The Dyers’ three adult daughters live adjacent to the home and barn that were also used as a family business. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

St. Agatha Fire Department’s ‘Save The Basement’ Strategy Works Like A Charm

st agatha fire departmentST. AGATHA, Maine — The state fire marshall is on the scene in St. Agatha to determine the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed the R.F. Chamberland, Inc. garage and workshop. The fire broke out in the 20,000-square-foot structure just before 2 a.m., according to St. Agatha Fire Chief Bob Guerette. When crews arrived, they found the structure totally engulfed and turned their attention to saving the business’s nearby office building. “Three quarters of the roof was down when we arrived,” Guerette said at the scene Saturday morning. “So all we did was focus on saving the office.” The two-story office, which houses the business headquarters for the on-road trucking transportation company, sustained some external heat and smoke damage but was saved. “At one point, the wind picked up and the flames were just rolling and pushing fire toward the office,” Guerette said. “The fact that it has a metal roof certainly helped.” (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Biddeford Fire Department’s ‘Save The Basement’ Strategy Works Like A Charm

Biddeford fire departmentInvestigators are working to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a Biddeford home early Friday morning. The fire was reported at in the area 602 Alfred Street, near the Arundel town line, at 4:30 a.m. Alfred Street, also known as Route 111, was shut down while crews battled the blaze, but was reopened to traffic by 8 a.m. Biddeford Fire Chief Joseph Warren told WSCH6 that no one was home at the time and there were no injuries. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Bingham Fire Department’s ‘Save The Basements Strategy’ Works Like A Charm

Maine state-of-the-art fire engine. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorA fast moving fire in Caratunk destroyed a house, a camp and a garage early Sunday morning, though firefighters were able to extinguish it before it spread to one more property and destroyed the post office. Bingham Fire Chief Scott Laweryson said no one was hurt in the Main Street fire, though he did not have the names of the two property owners or who was staying at the camp. “The story goes that someone saw the smoke from Route 201 and drove down to the village of Caratunk and started blowing the horn of the car and got however many people there were in the camp to come out,” said Laweryson. He said all three structures were burned to the ground in the fire and were beyond saving by the time Bingham Fire Department, which covers Caratunk, arrived with mutual aid from Solon, Jackman and West Forks. He said the focus of the 25 firefighters was to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading anywhere else. “The main house was on fire, the garage behind it was lost and one house standing beside it was lost,” he said. “It was right beside the Caratunk Post Office, but we managed to keep it from spreading there.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Falmouth Fire Department’s ‘Save The Basement Strategy’ Works Like A Charm

falmouth maine fireFALMOUTH — The teenage son of a Falmouth couple whose home was destroyed by fire late Saturday night is being held without bail after being arrested on charges of burglary, theft and attempted theft, police said Sunday. Logan Valle, an 18-year-old former honor student and graduate of Falmouth High School, is accused of forcing his way into two Falmouth homes while naked and attempting to steal the owners’ vehicles at about the same time a fire broke out two miles away in his parents’ home at 12 Inverness Road, Falmouth police Lt. John Kilbride said in a news release. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire, which destroyed the upscale Falmouth home, displacing its owners and leaving one of their three dogs unaccounted for. The office’s spokesman, Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety, would not say Sunday whether Valle was believed to have caused the house fire. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Gardiner Fire Department’s ‘Save The Basement’ Strategy Works Like A Charm. Twice

gardiner fire departmentGARDINER — A Libby Hill Road home is “a total loss” after a Sunday afternoon fire re-ignited when firefighters thought the original blaze was out. Gardiner Fire Chief Al Nelson said firefighters were first called to the home at 239 Libby Hill Road at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday. Before then, Nelson said a fire started in the basement after the homeowner, who was working on plumbing with a blowtorch, left the home to go to a hardware store without realizing a wall had gotten hot enough for a fire to start. There was “heavy involvement by the time we got there,” Nelson said, and departments from Gardiner, Augusta, Farmingdale, Pittston and Randolph responded to control the fire, which spread into the first and second floors. The departments cleared the scene by 4 p.m., Nelson said. But around 5 p.m., Nelson said they were called back after the fire started again in the attic. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Gouldsboro Fired Department’s Save The Basement Strategy Works Like A Charm

gouldsboro fire departmentGOULDSBORO — An early morning weekend fire destroyed a two-story home on Gouldsboro Point Road, but firefighters managed to save the garage with two vehicles inside. Fire Chief Gary Grovogel said the fire marshal went to the site Monday. A preliminary assessment was that the fire might have started in the basement as an electrical fire, Grovogel said. “It’s tough to tell because there is nothing left,” he said. “By the time we got there Sunday, the whole sky was aglow. The whole house was engulfed. The roof had caved in.” (read more at the Ellsworth American)

Paris, Norway, And Oxford Fire Departments’ Save The Basement Strategy Would Have Worked If Trailers Had Basements

paris maine firePARIS — A dog perished and a family was displaced after a fire consumed a trailer and camper Sunday at 34 Alysas Way. Approximately 14 firefighters from Paris, Norway and Oxford responded to the call of a structure fire at 12:43 p.m. Sunday afternoon, which razed a single-family trailer to its foundation, according to Paris fire Chief Brad Frost.  The occupants, Richard and Melody Hosey, escaped safely, though one of their two dogs died in the fire. As crews battled the blaze, high winds helped embers ignite a camper parked behind the home, gutting it, Frost said. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Rockport Fire Department’s Save The Basement Strategy Works Like A Charm

rockport maine fireROCKPORT, Maine — A fire destroyed a Rockport home Thursday night despite the efforts of firefighting crews from the region. The home at 6 Wellington Drive is considered a total loss, said Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley. He said the cause is not yet known because of the extensive destruction, but that the state fire marshal’s office plans to send an investigator Friday morning to help try to determine the origin. There were no injuries. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Phillips Fire Department’s ‘Save The Basement’ Strategy Works Like A Charm

Phillips Maine fire departmentPHILLIPS — A fire that destroyed a garage and spread to a house about 10 feet away on Tuesday caused an estimated $90,000 in damage, Phillips fire Chief Jim Gould said. Homeowner Paul Wilcox had been welding his lawnmower in the garage at his 173 Bridge St. home earlier in the day. He had shut down the welder and checked everything before he went in the house to eat lunch, he said. Wilcox heard a big bang and discovered that his garage was on fire, Gould said. Wilcox tried to put out the fire with a hose, but the garage was fully engulfed in flames and it was too hot for him to stay there, he said. Franklin County sheriff’s Deputy Sandy Burke was the first to arrive on the scene  of the 1:15 p.m. fire and helped get the family’s cat out of the house, he said. Burke also alerted dispatchers that the fire had spread to the house. The radiant heat from the two-car garage caught the house on fire, Gould said. It melted the vinyl siding off the gable side of the house closest to the garage. The fire extended to both bedrooms on that side and into the attic space, he said. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

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