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Leeds Fire Department’s “Save The Basement” Strategy Works Like A Charm

leeds maine fire departmentFirefighters from across western Kennebec County were called Friday to a fire in Leeds that destroyed a large farmhouse. Fire Chief Glenn Holt said nobody was home when the fire broke out, but two people were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. The injuries were not believed to be life threatening. “A couple of the tenants came home to find it,” Holt said. The home, a large farmhouse at 810 River Road, was a total loss. The fire was reported shortly before 2 p.m. Holt said flames had engulfed about two-thirds of the house, and were blowing out the windows and doors, by the time the first firefighters arrived. “It was a huge fire,” Holt said. “It was very advanced when it was called in.” By the time it was over, about 60 firefighters from eight communities, including Fayette, Monmouth, Wales and Wayne were called to help Leeds firefighters control the blaze. Holt said crews had to cut down a tree that caught fire but managed to save a nearby garage that the homeowner’s belongings. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Machias Fire Department’s “Save The Basement” Strategy Works Like A Charm

helens restaurant in machias maineMACHIAS, Maine — An early morning fire on Friday destroyed Helen’s Restaurant, a landmark business in Washington County. The owners, however, pledged to rebuild the popular eatery. Firefighters were called to the blaze shortly before 2 a.m., and crews from Machiasport, Marshfield, East Machias, Roque Bluffs and Jonesboro responded. Firefighters entered the burning building, located on U.S. 1 at the junction of the Machias River and the Middle River, but were unable to extinguish the blaze. They had to resort to containing it. They remained through mid-morning, coating the remains of the fire with foam, and a few stayed on the scene into the afternoon. The roof had caved in before firefighters had a chance to extinguish the blaze. The building was destroyed. No one had been inside when the fire broke out and dispatchers said no injuries were reported. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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

Smithfield fire departmentSMITHFIELD — Fire swept a house on North Pond Wednesday morning, causing extensive damage to the home and destroying most of the owner’s belongings. Donna Brown watched from under a pine tree as firefighters from five towns broke holes in the roof of her one-and-one-half story bungalow at 21 Mitchell Lane and pumped water from the pond to extinguish the flames. Brown, who owns a Prudential agency in Skowhegan, appeared stoic but had tears in her eyes. “You can always rebuild, I guess,” she said. The blaze broke out sometime before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the house she shares with Cooper, her 3-year-old golden retriever-collie mix. She said she left the house around 7:30 a.m. to go to work and left Cooper in the garage, which is across the driveway from the house. Jack Rothrock, a neighbor who lives two houses away, discovered the fire. He said he woke around 9:30 a.m., looked out of his window, saw that it was overcast and surmised that the smoke coming from Brown’s house was smog. Then he realized it was smoke, so he called Brown and then dialed 911, he said. “I heard a pop and I thought a window had popped out,” he said. About three dozen firefighters — mostly volunteers — from Smithfield, Oakland, Belgrade, Rome and Norridgewock battled the stubborn fire, which moved up to the attic and shot out through the four-paneled pitched roof. (read more at the Morning Sentinel)

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

Winthrop Maine Fire DepartmentA Winthrop family is homeless after a Wednesday night fire destroyed the house they rented on Annabessacook Drive. Winthrop Fire Chief Dan Brooks said the man and wife, and their two teenage children, were able to get out of the home safely, but the split-level ranch and garage they rented at 72 Annabessacook Drive were destroyed. Brooks did not know the names of the family living at the home or the owners, but according to town tax records, the property is owned by John and Claudene Raymond. Brooks was not sure if the family had renters insurance or if the home itself is insured. “The roof on the house and the garage are completely burned off,” Brooks said. “There’s a little bit salvageable, but for the most part they’ve lost everything.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Randolph Fire Department Says Their ‘Save The Basement’ Strategy Would Have Worked Like A Charm If Sunoco Stations Had Basements

Randolph Maine Sunoco station fireRANDOLPH — A store dubbed by locals as a landmark was gutted by fire in the early morning hours Wednesday, and investigators are waiting to view video from a surveillance system to help them pinpoint the cause. Webb’s Store on Route 27, also known as Water Street, was reduced to a shell by the blaze, which was reported around 3 a.m. Wednesday. An investigator from the Office of State Fire Marshal is working to determine the cause of the fire. Nobody was injured in the fire. “It’s one of the landmarks of Randolph,” Fire Chief Ron Cunningham said as he hung yellow caution tape around the parking lot to keep people out. Store owner Dan Kilmer said the store, which employs six people, was insured. He said he plans to rebuild. “I’ve still got my tanks and my pumps,” Kilmer said. “That’s the most expensive part of the operation.” (read more at Kennebec Journal)

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

Carmel Maine fire departmentCARMEL, Maine — A two-and-a-half story house that contained multiple apartment units in Carmel was leveled by fire on Tuesday. Among the residents that had their units destroyed were the daughter and granddaughter of Wayne Elston, who lives about four miles from the scene in the center of town where Routes 2, 100 and 69 intersect. “My daughter has been there about six months,” said Elston. He added that his granddaughter moved into his daughter’s unit six days ago. “Everything in the apartment was brand-new, and now it’s gone,” he said. The fire, which was reported shortly after 11 a.m., was already spreading through the structure by the time crews arrived. Firefighters were still attempting to get the blaze under control when Carmel Fire Chief Mike Azevedo addressed the media shortly before 2 p.m. “We’re going to be here for quite a while,” Azevedo said. “It [was] being stubborn and won’t go out.” (read more at Bangor Daily News)

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

Hollis Fire DepartmentHOLLIS – A farmhouse that was built in 1820 was destroyed by fire Wednesday night in Hollis. The fire at 310 Cape Road – also known as Route 117 – was reported around 4:30 p.m. By the time firefighters arrived, they encountered flames shooting out of the four-bedroom residence. WGME-TV reported that the owners and their 18-year-old daughter, who also lives there, safely escaped, but two firefighters had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment of a foot injury and smoke inhalation. Both firefighters were later released.  (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

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

Farmingdale Fire DepartmentFARMINGDALE — Investigators say they may never know what sparked a Tuesday fire that destroyed a Rose Lane home. Sgt. Ken Grimes said Wednesday that investigators worked late into the night but were unable to determine with a visual investigation what caused the fire. The investigation is ongoing, but Grimes said the preliminary finding is that the fire is of undetermined cause. “I would say in all probability it will be undetermined,” Grimes said. The unfinished home off the Hallowell-Litchfield Road, owned by Armand Fournier, was destroyed in the fire, which started around 4 p.m. Tuesday. The only person living at the complex, a woman in the apartment, got out safely. Fournier said at the scene that the home was 90 percent finished and he had been working on it for about three years. He and his girlfriend, Stephanie Hill, were planning to move there from their current home about five minutes away on Springvale Road in West Gardiner. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

Fayette, Mount Vernon, Readfield, Vienna, Manchester and Livermore Falls Fire Departments’ Save The Basement Strategy Works Like A Charm

Fayette Fire DepartmentFAYETTE — A lakeside former sporting lodge and current rental property that has hosted guests for weddings, family reunions and vacations since 1937 burned to the ground Tuesday. The lodge of Echo Lake Lodge and Cottages went up in flames despite the efforts of firefighters from multiple area departments and a neighbor who first came upon the fire, reported it to authorities and used a fire extinguisher to try to stop the blaze. “I heard beeping, so I came down and could see smoke in the windows” on the second floor, said Glen Craig, a former owner of the property, who was working near the Echo Lodge Road fire scene on a lot where he plans to put a house. “I dialed 911 and ran into the kitchen to grab the fire extinguisher. I knew where it was because I put it there. I started to go up the stairs. I was yelling, ‘Is anybody in here? Is anybody in here?’ but I didn’t hear any response. There was so much smoke I was coughing. I said, ‘That’s it. I need to get out of here.’” He said he called the owner, who confirmed to him that nobody was staying in the lodge. James Feagin, owner of the property with his wife, Evelyn, said the lodge is insured. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

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

Kennebunk Fire DepartmentKENNEBUNK, Maine — A fire destroyed an Alfred Road home Monday morning, killing two pets and sending one firefighter to the hospital. The fire began just after 10 a.m., said Kennebunk Fire Rescue EMS Division Chief Andrew Palmeri, and when crews arrived minutes later was “heavily involved.” While the home’s three occupants made it out safely, crews found a deceased cat and guinea pig inside and have not yet located a second cat, Palmeri said early Monday afternoon. “The occupant reported that the fire spread very quickly. She had just enough time to tell her children to get out and she got out as well. The house was already heavily involved in fire when our units arrived on scene,” Palmeri said. The two-story home, a rented wooden structure at 192 Alfred Road, appears to be a total loss, he said. According to tax records, the home was built in 1860. “There was quite a significant amount of fire damage to the home,” Palmeri said. “They pretty much lost everything.” (read more at Bangor Daily News)

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