Fire destroys home in Washington County town

Posted Aug. 07, 2011, at 1:56 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 12, 2011, at 4:34 p.m.

BARING, Maine — A Washington County family lost their home Saturday to a quick-moving fire that began in an attached garage.

Michael Foggia, fire chief for the town of Baring, said the call came in at about 6 p.m. Saturday. Foggia responded within minutes to the home of Mark and Brenda Hornbrook at 19 Hope Lane off Route 1, but there was little he and others could do.

“Whatever happened, it happened quick,” the chief said Sunday. “I saw the flames and I immediately started calling for help.”

Volunteer firefighters began arriving from several neighboring towns including Calais, Baileyville, Alexander, Meddybemps, and even St. Steven, New Brunswick, but the home suffered significant damage by the time flames were extinguished, Foggia said.

The Baring chief said he was thankful for mutual aid, especially on a Saturday when it was difficult to round up firefighters.

Foggia said he spoke with the homeowners at the scene and they confirmed that the home was insured. The Hornbrooks were able to salvage some items from inside, but the house is no longer inhabitable, the chief said.

Although the residents made it out of the house safely, a Machias firefighter was treated at a local hospital for heat stress and dehydration.

An investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s Office is expected to visit the home on Monday, but Foggia said there was nothing to indicate that the fire was suspicious.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story needed correction. A Machias firefighter was treated for heat stress and dehydration, not smoke inhalation.

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