CORINTH, Maine — A fire ruined the home of a Corinth family late Thursday evening after flames that began in the basement spread to the main floor and caused the roof to collapse.
Corinth Fire Chief Scott Bragdon said that by the time his firefighters reached the Godin family home at 344 West Corinth Road, the structure could not be saved.
“Once the roof collapsed, it was surround and drown. We couldn’t really send anyone in at that point,” he said. “We stayed past midnight [Thursday] and had some crews out [Friday] to mop up some hot spots.”
The family was next door at a relative’s home with their two young children when the fire broke.
Bragdon said the fire likely had been building for a while in the basement before it spread. The State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to investigate, but the Corinth chief said the fire was not considered suspicious.
The Godins’ home was insured, Bragdon said, and the family has been working with the local American Red Cross chapter for assistance. In addition to the home, a car parked nearby was significantly damaged.
Bragdon said the family is doing as well as could be expected and added that they were fortunate to have family close by.
Firefighters from Bradford, Charleston, Hudson, Kenduskeag, Glenburn and Levant assisted Corinth in battling the blaze.