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

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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)