Neighbor alerts Dover-Foxcroft family of fire

Posted July 10, 2011, at 2:43 p.m.
Last modified July 10, 2011, at 9:14 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A local family escaped their burning home Saturday after a neighbor pounded on their mobile home and alerted them.

David Bushnell and his wife, Branigan Collins, had just settled into bed at about 11 p.m. Saturday when a fire erupted near the front entrance to the mobile home they rented in Goodwin’s Trailer Park on Morton Avenue, according to Cpt. Eric Berce of the Dover-Foxcroft Fire Department.

Responding to the pounding, the couple discovered the area around the front door ablaze. They grabbed their two children, Natalie, 5, and Lydia, 2, and escaped the building, Berce said. No one was injured and two pet cats were rescued.

“I fully believe that if it weren’t for Dill Guy, the neighbor, that they may not have been able to get out,” Berce said. Guy told firefighters that he heard a fire alarm inside the mobile home but when he pounded on the wall, it stopped.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called to investigate the fire’s origin and is expected on scene Monday.

“The boys did an excellent job in containing the fire to that local area,” Berce said Sunday. Most of the officers were out of town that night so the command fell to Lt. Ryan London and his crew. Berce said he was very impressed with the response.

Berce said that while the fire was contained to the front entrance, the mobile home had water and smoke damage. The couple lost most of their belongings, including Bushnell’s masonry tools, he said. Bushnell had been accumulating tools so he could open a masonry business, according to Berce.

Mobile home park owner Richard Goodwin has provided the family with a vacant mobile home in the park for the interim. The Red Cross was called to assist the family.

Donations are being sought to help the family. Natalie wears 5-6T clothing and size 11 shoes: Lydia wears 3-4T and size 7-8 shoes; Branigan wears size 4-5 pants, small-medium shirts, and 7 ½-8 size shoes; and Bushnell wears pants size 36-waist, 32-33 inseam, XL shirts and size 11 shoes. For more information, call Berce at 564-0073.

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