June 24, 2018
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Old Town fire destroys trailer

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

OLD TOWN, Maine — A woman living in the Pine Haven trailer park on Stillwater Avenue was hanging out in the trailer next door to hers early Friday morning when she heard a sound that alerted her to danger.

“She thought she heard something” and went to investigate, said Old Town Fire Department Deputy Chief Stephen O’Malley.

Rebecca Lane walked next door to her home and opened the front door, Old Town fire Lt. Matt Redding said.

When the door opened, “the cats came running out and she saw a glow down her hallway,” he said.

Someone called 911 at 3:31 a.m. to alert the fire department and “a futile attempt was made by a neighbor to put it out with a bucket of water,” Redding said of the fire.

When firefighters arrived, “it was fully involved,” O’Malley said. “The back, pretty much half of the structure,” was engulfed in flames.

Local firefighters were assisted by crews from Orono and Milford.

“The guys did amazing work,” Redding said. “They put it out in 10 minutes.”

Pine Haven is located at 799 Stillwater Ave. The roadway was closed to traffic for a short period of time and Orono and Milford crews were allowed to return to their stations at around 5:30 a.m.

A back bedroom is where firefighters determined the fire started, Redding said.

Fire investigators were at the scene Friday morning trying to determine the cause.

“It’s under investigation,” Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said. “I believe it’s going to stay that way for a couple days. There are a couple of things we need to track down.”

Old Town’s fire investigative team worked in partnership with the fire marshal’s office, Redding said.

“We’re still calling it undetermined because we still need to do interviews,” he said, referring to the cause of the fire.

The trailer’s front bedroom was basically left fully intact, because the door was closed, but the backside of the home was destroyed and is not livable, O’Malley and Redding said.

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