82-year-old Bath woman burned in house fire

By Seth Koenig, Brunswick Times Record
Posted March 23, 2011, at 9:43 p.m.

BATH, Maine — An elderly Bath woman was taken to Maine Medical Center’s burn unit in Portland on Tuesday after an early morning blaze in her 19th century High Street home, Bath Fire Chief Stephen Hinds said.

Cynthia White, 82, was transported to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, then transferred to the specialized treatment facility in Portland for burns to her hands and feet, the chief said. Hinds said the woman’s family members told him she is expected to spend a week at the hospital, but survive the ordeal.

“We had a bedroom fire caused by misplaced smoking materials, gutting that section of the home,” Hinds said. “Smoke detectors sounding woke up her husband. Without smoke detectors, we’d have two deceased individuals in a destroyed home. Active smoke detectors, without question, saved their lives. He heard the smoke alarm and literally dragged her out of her bedroom.”

The fire was reported at 4:09 a.m., Hinds said, and caused approximately $125,000 in damage to the 1824 Colonial-style home.

“There was a lot of heat and smoke damage in the old home because of the way it was constructed,” Hinds said. “It was all wide open and the smoke got into every room.”

According to the city of Bath’s online assessor’s database, the two-story home covers 3,578 square feet, and the land and building are assessed at $399,600.

Hinds said that when Capt. Tim Merry arrived on the scene Tuesday morning, he could not initially see the extent of the blaze from the exterior of the building.

But when he approached the door, the situation became clearer.

“This place was full of smoke and fire,” Hinds recalled. “The guys went in and did a nice job. They put a stop to the fire.”

Bath firefighters spent an hour on the scene extinguishing the blaze and clearing the site, the chief said. State investigators then visited the site to confirm the cause of the fire, he said.

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CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the author as Judy Long of the Bangor Daily News. The author is Seth Koenig of the Brunswick Times Record.

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