8 departments fight fire in Topsham

Firefighters secure the scene of a three-alarm fire in Topsham on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Darcie Moore | Times Record
Firefighters secure the scene of a three-alarm fire in Topsham on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
By BETH BROGAN, Times Record
Posted April 05, 2012, at 6:33 p.m.

TOPSHAM, Maine — Flames consumed a prominent Colonial home on Lewiston Road on Thursday afternoon, drawing some 60 firefighters from eight area departments to quell the blaze.

Just before 1:30 p.m. Thursday, the Topsham Fire Department went to the three-story home at 1133 Lewiston Road, where the fire apparently had ignited on a porch, Fire Chief Brian Stockdale said at the scene.

“When we got here, the front part of the building was fully involved, with fire inside of the building at that time,” he said. “The biggest issue was water supply.”

Stockdale said strong winds fanned the flames, adding to the risk. Mustering volunteer and call mutual aid firefighters from surrounding communities also proved a challenge, Stockdale said.

A male and female resident were home at the time the fire was reported and both got out safely, along with a cat and dog.

According to municipal records, the home and adjacent 20 acres, assessed at $510,000, were sold on May 31, 2011, to Eric Humes.

At least 75 percent of the home was destroyed, Stockdale said.

No injuries were reported. Police diverted traffic on Route 196 away from the fire scene.

Firefighters, tankers and engines from Lisbon, Brunswick, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Durham, Freeport and West Bath also went to the scene while West Bath provided station coverage for Topsham.

Stockdale said the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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