Fire destroys home in Glenburn

Posted Jan. 12, 2009, at 10:06 p.m.

GLENBURN, Maine — A fire of unknown origin destroyed a single-family home at 6 Deer Run Road Monday.

No one was home when the fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. by a passer-by and nobody was injured fighting the fire.

The home belonged to Mark and Leslie MacDonald, who lived there with their two children, according to Glenburn fire Capt. Dave Braley.

Braley said the house was insured and that the MacDonalds were staying with family for the time being. He said the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross has been called in to provide assistance.

The cause of the fire remained unknown late Monday. Braley said an investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was expected to visit the fire scene today.

Though the walls were still standing and the metal roof appeared to be intact, interior damage was “extensive,” said Hudson Fire Chief Bill Grant, one of several fire officials from four towns who helped battle the blaze. Grant said the house, which consisted of a main floor and finished basement, was beyond repair.

When firefighters arrived, they had to force their way inside. When they entered, they found the fire well under way.

“We had really good response [from the four area fire departments],” Braley said, crediting a new general alarm system Glenburn, Hudson, Corinth and Bradford set up late last summer.

Under the new system, fire crews from all four towns are called out when a fire occurs in any one of the communities, with each department having a predetermined role involving firefighting, providing backup or both, depending on the situation.

“It’s easier to turn people back if we don’t need them than to get them there after the fact,” Braley said.

Braley said it took at least 20 firefighters from the four towns about 45 minutes to put out the fire, though they continued to deal with hot spots for at least another two hours. G&H Ambulance also responded to the alarm.

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