HERMON, Maine — A mobile home with a two-story addition caught fire around 4 p.m. Wednesday, resulting in minor damage and smoke inhalation by a resident who attempted to extinguish it.
The fire at 916 Fuller Road was extinguished around 4:25 p.m., according to Capt. Eric Pelletier of the Hermon Fire Department. The cause of the fire is unknown.
“We’re leaning towards electrical right now,” Pelletier said late Wednesday afternoon.
The building is home to two families, and the two-story addition is believed to be a renter’s residence, according to Pelletier. When Hermon firefighters arrived, they reportedly found a man named Jason — whose last name was not released — who was attempting to put out the fire. The man, a renter who lived in the addition, suffered minor smoke inhalation but was not transported to a hospital, according to Pelletier.
In addition, two cats owned by the home’s residents were found safe. A third was still missing around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The fire began in a bedroom, which was in flames when firefighters arrived and is a total loss, according to Pelletier.
“There was some pretty good damage to the kitchen area as well,” Pelletier said.
The outside of the home was damaged as well, but the home was not destroyed.
Brett Crosby is the owner of the home and is a race car driver who races at Speedway 95. A race car was seen outside the home along with the sign “Crosby Racing.”
Jason was alerted to the fire by a smoke detector as he worked outside the home, and “it could have been a lot worse” if there hadn’t been one, Pelletier said.
Hermon firefighters were assisted by firefighters from Carmel, Levant and Bangor in putting out the blaze.