Tear gas, smoke fill home

Posted Jan. 07, 2010, at 8:05 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:06 p.m.

SANGERVILLE, Maine — It was sheer terror for a Sangerville family Wednesday when their house filled with tear gas and smoke from smoke bombs.

At about 11 p.m., someone detonated a tear gas canister and two smoke bombs at their front door. Part of the door melted from the heat.

“At first I thought there was a fire,” a woman who lives at the Pleasant Street home with her four children recalled Thursday. The tear gas and smoke completely enveloped the small home, she said.

The woman said she and her brother-in-law, who was at the house, rounded up the children, fled from the home and climbed into a vehicle. One of the children was away when the incident occurred, she said. No one needed medical attention, she said, because they left so quickly.

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The family called 911 to report a fire, according to Lt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. Sangerville firefighters responded, and they called police.

“We believe it was domestic-violence-related,” Young said Thursday. He said the department has a suspect and the matter is under investigation, but no arrests had been made by Thursday evening.

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