Pittsfield garage heavily damaged in fire

Posted March 22, 2011, at 10:07 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Though there wasn’t much they could do Tuesday night to save a garage on Cianchette Street, firefighters from Pittsfield and three nearby towns managed to prevent an attached house and a nearby neighbor’s home from burning.

“It was an excellent save,” Pittsfield Fire Chief Bernard Williams said Tuesday night. He said that although it was a garage fire, his incident commander decided to call upon crews from Burnham, Detroit and Newport as a precaution because of the proximity of the two dwellings.

“It’s easier to send them back than to get them rolling” once a fire really gets going, he said.

Williams noted that the only thing separating the burning garage from the neighbor’s home was a driveway and that the garage that burned, owned by Rodney Getchell, was attached to Getchell’s house.

The fire was reported by the next-door neighbor about 6:30 p.m. After calling 911, the neighbor ran to Getchell’s house, where Getchell’s high school-age daughter was home alone. After being alerted to the fire, which was not yet visible from Getchell’s home, the daughter escaped safely.

There was no damage to either house, Williams said, adding that despite the heavy damage to the garage, the house was habitable Tuesday night.

“We didn’t even have to cut power to it,” he said.

Williams estimated damage to the garage and its contents, which included a pickup truck and tools, at $20,000. He said the structure was insured.

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