Man hospitalized after fleeing apartment fire in Dexter

Posted Dec. 15, 2010, at 1:22 p.m.

DEXTER, Maine — A local man who fled his burning apartment building Wednesday on St. Francis Street is in serious condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, the State Fire Marshal’s Office said.

Henry Murdoch, who is believed to be in his 40s, was taken by ambulance to Mayo Regional Hospital and later transferred to EMMC.

The fire in Murdoch’s apartment was reported at about 9:15 a.m. and was going strong when firefighters arrived at the scene, according to Dexter Fire Chief Barry Deering. It appeared the fire started in the kitchen of Murdoch’s downstairs apartment, he said. The second floor was vacant.

Representatives of the State Fire Marshal’s Office were on the scene Wednesday afternoon working to pinpoint the origin and cause of the fire.

Two pet dogs owned by Murdoch were in the building and authorities believe one perished in the fire.

“It was pretty tricky” fighting the fire, Deering said, because the two apartments were split down the middle and had separate entrances, one of which was shrouded in smoke and was not visible to firefighters at first. In addition, the raw temperature and wind hampered firefighters.

Deering said firefighters took turns warming themselves in the firetrucks to avoid frostbite.

Corinna and Dover-Foxcroft firefighters assisted Dexter firefighters at the scene.

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