Down East firefighters battle two fires

Posted Jan. 26, 2009, at 9:34 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — A morning fire destroyed a house on West Kennebec Road in Machias, and in Addison a fire partially damaged a dwelling.

When firefighters arrived at the Brent Hooper house on West Kennebec Road at around 11 a.m., Machias Fire Chief Joey Dennison said Monday, they saw smoke and flames coming from the rear of the building.

No one was home at the time.

Dennison said that firefighters had not yet determined where the fire might have started.

“It is still under investigation,” he said.

He estimated the loss at $150,000. Hooper was insured.

Firefighters from Machias, Marshfield, Machiasport, Jonesport and East Machias battled the blaze.

In Addison, around 8 a.m. Monday firefighters were called to a structure fire on the Ridge Road near the town’s post office.

The house belonged to Linda Smith, who was not home at the time. Chief Sheldon Trundy said a caretaker discovered the fire.

When firefighters arrived they saw smoke coming from the house.

“A pipe broke somewhere in the house, and it pumped the water out of the boiler and a little safety switch didn’t kick the boiler off so it kept running, and it caught fire in the boiler room,” Trundy said.

Trundy said he did not know whether Smith was insured. He estimated damage at $10,000.

Thirty-five firefighters from Columbia, Columbia Falls Harrington and Jonesport in addition to Addison firefighters fought the fire.

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