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Fire damages Hermon mobile home

A young woman, right, holds a cat that was found safe in the aftermath of a fire, reported around 4 p.m Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at 916 Fuller Road in Hermon. According to Capt. Eric Pelletier of the Hermon Fire Dept., firefighters were on the scene by 4:12 and within 15 minutes they put the fire out. Hermon, Levant, Carmel and Bangor fire departments sent crews to the scene. The fire damaged the first floor of a two-story addition to a trailer on the property. No one was seriously hurt, but by 5 p.m one cat was still missing. According to Capt. Pelletier, the state fire marshal's office has been called to determine the cause. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
By Dylan Riley, Special to the BDN

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.

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