April 25, 2018
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Fire causes heavy damage to part of Hampden home

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HAMPDEN, Maine — A fire of unknown cause destroyed an extension on the back side of an old farmhouse Wednesday afternoon at the end of Manning Mill Road.

Though the homeowners were at work when the fire was reported about 4 p.m., Lt. Dan Pugsley of the Hampden Fire Department said the home was occupied by a young family that was new to the area and that the farmhouse, a green two-story wood frame building, recently had undergone renovations.

The homeowners’ names weren’t immediately available, Pugsley said. He said that neighbors said the family usually was home by about 5 p.m. but they still weren’t home as of nearly 5:30 p.m.

Pugsley said it was too early to say what caused the fire but that it began in an extension at the back of the farmhouse, located at the end of the road.

The front of the main part of the building had smoke and heat damage and the floor was burned through in the back part.

“I think they’ll be able to salvage that part of the structure,” he said.

Fire crews were able to save the family’s puppy, which initially was placed in a wire kennel outside the home and later put into the cab of a firetruck to keep it warm.

It took crews from Hampden, Hermon, Newburgh, Bangor and the Maine Air National Guard about an hour to get the fire under control, Pugsley said. He also said that reaching the house proved tricky because of the narrow road and one-lane bridge leading to it.

“It did create some problems getting trucks in,” he said, adding that firefighters had to lay additional hose in order to get water to the farmhouse.

Fire crews were expected to remain at the fire scene for several hours.

No firefighters were injured while extinguishing the fire.

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