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

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Maine state-of-the-art fire engine. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorMILLINOCKET, Maine — Several thousand rounds of ammunition cooked off during a fire that destroyed a Medway Road home on Thursday, killing several pets and heavily damaging a nearby house, firefighters said. Firefighters were startled at first by the explosions, which sounded like erratic semi-automatic weapons fire, at the fire at 11 Medway Road, Fire Chief Andrew Turcotte said. The noise briefly reminded Turcotte of the ambush that killed two firefighters and wounded two more in Webster, N.Y., last month, but it soon became clear that firefighters weren’t being fired upon. Firefighters stayed calm, and no one was hurt by homeowner Jamie Mackin’s stockpile, he said.“In situations like that, the primary concern is firefighters’ safety from shrapnel,” Turcotte said Thursday. “There was a little bit of tension. Nowadays, you can [run into] a violent response to first responders.” Turcotte said he believed Mackin was an avid hunter or target shooter and said the fire appeared to be caused by a malfunctioning wood stove. (read more at Bangor Daily News)