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

new sweden maine fire departmentNEW SWEDEN, Maine — The combination of a working smoke detector and the family dog meant a New Sweden homeowner was able to escape his burning home early Tuesday morning with no injuries. The state fire marshal was on his way to the scene of the fire that destroyed the 380 Station Road home owned by Mark Prestwood, according to Caribou Fire Chief Scott Susi. A neighbor spotted the fire and called 911 just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Susi said Tuesday morning. When firefighters arrived, he said they found the house fully ablaze and turned their attention to saving an attached garage. Susi said 20 firefighters from Caribou, Stockholm and North Lakes Fire and Rescue engaged in a “fully exterior” battle with the fire and were able to save the garage and two vehicles parked inside. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

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

vienna maine fireVIENNA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) A late-night fire destroyed a house in the town of Vienna, Sunday. The Vienna Fire Department responded around 10 p.m. Sunday to the fire at 11 Mountain Road. When firefighters got to the scene the house was fully involved. Everyone inside the home made it out safely and there were no injuries. (see more at

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

bowdoin fire departmentBOWDOIN, Maine — A family of four escaped a fire Saturday morning that destroyed their home on Lewis Hill Road and claimed the life of one of the family’s three dogs. Firefighters were called to 687 Lewis Hill Road at 7:17 a.m. Saturday for a structure fire. Bowdoin Fire Chief Tom Garrepy said when he arrived, the front of the porch and and the house were on fire. In the rural area far from any hydrant district, firefighters were challenged to get water and manpower to the scene, he said. An engine arrived with enough personnel to establish two lines of hose, but after several minutes the firefighters ran out of water and waited for tankers from Richmond, Bowdoinham, Litchfield and Lisbon to arrive. “The fire was well seated before we even had a chance to start working on it,” Garrepy said. “By the time we got everything set up, the house was fully involved. We went to a defensive mode.” Karen Brown, sons Connor, 14, and Keegan, 12, and Brown’s fiancé, Andy Riordan, all escaped the building without injury. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

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

augusta maine fire departmentAUGUSTA — Deborah Boothby woke up to a ball of fire outside her window. “Fire, Nate!” she yelled to her 15-year-old son. They bolted out of the apartment and jumped over a railing on the back side of an 18-unit building at 36 Northern Ave. As they escaped, heat thrown from the home left them with burns. Boothby wore a bandage over the left side of her face as she spoke late Friday morning outside the Super 8 motel in Augusta, where her son was resting in a room. He’s a freshman at Cony High School who moved to the apartment with his mother when he was a baby. He’s known no other home. They lost everything, including their car, her wedding pictures and his school-issued laptop. Neighbors lost pets. “You can’t get those things back,” Boothby said. “But we’ve got to thank God we’re alive. That’s all that matters.” A massive fire that leveled the historic apartment building — built in 1845 as a boarding house for mill workers — was reported at 2 a.m. Friday. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

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

south berwick maine fire departmentBERWICK, Maine — A firefighter from South Berwick suffered minor injuries when an exterior stairway collapsed as crews tried to douse a blaze overnight at a Berwick apartment building. Berwick Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Plante said Saturday morning that the call came in around 11:40 p.m. Friday. Police, who reached the scene at 28 Old Pine Hill Road South before fire crews, notified dispatchers that the six-unit building was “fully involved,” so Plante called a second alarm, bringing in firefighters from North Berwick, South Berwick and several New Hampshire departments. “When I arrived on scene, the second floor was fully involved and going to the third,” Plante said. First responders were told there might have been someone trapped on the second floor, but firefighters had to douse some of the inferno before they could attempt to enter the building. “There was just so much fire we couldn’t get in,” Plante said. The person who was thought to be missing was soon accounted for, according to Plante. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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

Maine state-of-the-art fire engine. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorBATH, Maine — Firefighters from nine communities rushed to the home of Bath Fire Capt. David Hudson on Thursday evening, after Hudson’s family reported a fire in the home just as they finished Thanksgiving dinner. The blaze heavily damaged the residence. Bath Fire Chief Lawrence “Buddy” Renaud said he’s not sure whether Hudson’s insurance company will declare the home a total loss. Renaud called the Bangor Daily News from Hudson’s 9 Hounds Way home, where 43 firefighters and sheriff’s deputies arrived at 8 a.m. Friday to start boarding up what remains of the structure. Hudson is a 29-year veteran of the Bath Fire Department and a reserve deputy with the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department. He also heads paramedic services at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. The garage and upstairs of the 1½-story Cape-style home was spewing flames when Renaud arrived at about 4 p.m. Thursday, he said. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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)

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