STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — Firefighters from three towns turned out Monday morning to battle a blaze near Route 1 that consumed a home and the car parked next to it.
The older mobile home and car were both a total loss, according to a police official on the scene at 43 Harris Road.
“She was fully engulfed when we got here,” said Assistant Fire Chief Vern Thompson of the Stockton Springs Fire Department. “It was not a fire we could go in and fight.”
Three dogs perished in the fire, but no people were hurt, he said. The bodies of the dogs were found later Monday.
The first fire call came in about 9:30 a.m., and Stockton Springs firefighters were joined by crews from Searsport and Prospect. Altogether, about 30 people attempted to douse the flames using water and forestry foam, which helps prevent fire from rekindling, Thompson said.
At 11 a.m., heavy smoke poured out of the charred mobile home as about a dozen firefighters sprayed it with water and began to venture inside.
The home had been rented by a family with the last name Temple, although officials did not know their first names or the name of the homeowner.
According to Thompson, the mother and children came later to their burned-out home to look for a cat that had been rescued but had run off into surrounding woods.
By early afternoon, an investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office had come and gone, saying the fire was of undetermined cause, Thompson said.
“It was just so far gone,” he said, “there was nothing they could do.”