Quick response halts Old Town duplex fire

Posted Jan. 26, 2011, at 9:54 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Rapid response by firefighters late Wednesday morning prevented the spread of a fire in the basement of a one-story duplex on Stillwater Avenue.

The fire at 872 Stillwater Ave. was reported by a tenant shortly before 11 a.m., according to Lt. Mark Graffam of the Old Town Fire Department.

“We were very lucky for that time of day that someone was home to report the fire,” Graffam said.

All three of the women who live in the building got out safely and no firefighters were injured, Graffam said.

As of late afternoon, the fire’s cause remained undetermined, Graffam said.

He said the fire, which began near a heating pipe in the basement of one of the units, was contained to that area and that the duplex had little damage.

Old Town fire crews were assisted by their counterparts from Orono and Milford, Graffam said.

He said the duplex, owned by Don Smith, was insured.

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