Man who escaped fire released from hospital

Posted Dec. 18, 2010, at 12:55 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:24 a.m.

DEXTER, Maine — A local man who suffered from smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in his St. Francis Street apartment Wednesday was released Friday from the hospital.

Meanwhile, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is continuing its investigation into the cause of the 9:15 a.m. fire.

Henry Murdoch, who is reportedly in his 40s and was the sole occupant of the two-apartment building, suffered from smoke inhalation. He was taken by ambulance to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft and later was transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

The fire in Murdoch’s apartment was going strong when firefighters arrived at the scene, Dexter Fire Chief Barry Deering said Wednesday. He said it appeared the fire started in the kitchen of Murdoch’s downstairs apartment. The second floor was vacant.

The American Red Cross is assisting Murdoch.

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