LINCOLN, Maine — The smoldering remains of a controlled burn of debris were blamed Wednesday for a fire that destroyed a nearby mobile home on VFW Drive on Monday, firefighters said.
No one was injured.
The fire was reported about 9 p.m. Monday. When firefighters arrived, they found the mobile home in flames and had almost no chance of saving it, Fire Chief Phil Dawson said.
“It was toned out [radioed] as being fully involved, and the guys responding to the scene could see the sky was lit up pretty good,” Dawson said Wednesday.
That’s never a good sign, he noted.
About 35 firefighters — including at least seven from the Howland Fire Department, where Dawson is a volunteer chief — spent about four hours dousing flames and otherwise securing the fire scene, Dawson said. The last of the firefighters left about 1 a.m. Tuesday.
“They had a quick knockdown and it was all overhaul after that. A lot of it was pulling the metal away from what was left,” Dawson said. “It took a little longer than we expected because of the muggy weather. We had to give guys longer breaks to keep them from getting exhausted.”
No one was living in the mobile home, but two people, whom Dawson identified as Ryan and Sherri McCafferty, were planning on moving in shortly, he said.
The McCaffertys had left the controlled burn about 1½ hours before the fire was reported, believing that rain and their own precautions would extinguish the fire, Dawson said.
The home had no insurance, Dawson said.