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Fire damages Holden home

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Firefighters from Holden, Orrington, Eddington and Brewer put out a fire that gutted part of a residence and car at 63 Eaton Ridge Drive in Holden late Thursday afternoon, May 31, 2012.
By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — Despite initial confusion about where the fire was, crews from Holden and neighboring towns were able to bring a fire at a two-story home at 63 Eaton Ridge Drive under control within an hour Thursday afternoon.

“We actually got a call that the fire was on Lambert Road. The caller didn’t know exactly where it was,” said Holden Fire Department Capt. Tim True. “We had two trucks on Lambert and found some smoke, but that was a controlled burn. The second call sent us here.”

The house — owned by Victor and Kimberly Andrews, according to Holden real estate tax records — received significant smoke, water and fire damage. The fire may have started in the garage.

“I’m not positive yet, but it may have been an electrical problem,” said True.

“When we got here, there was heavy smoke coming out of the garage,” True added. “It was blowing pretty heavy out of it.

“Shortly after, one of the vehicles in the driveway caught fire and we had power lines down, snapping and jumping around, and that concerned us with all the water running down the driveway. We had Bangor Hydro here about as fast as they could get here, in 20 minutes or so.”

Only the framework of the house over the garage was left as crews continued spraying the structure down Thursday to douse any remaining hot spots. The house was heated with propane but True said the tanks were on the back side of the building about as far away from the fire as possible.

According to neighbors, the Andrews live at the home with three sons and a dog. There were no injuries and the dog got out of the house.

The main concern for fire crew personnel was heat exhaustion.

“It was hot for our personnel, very hot,” True said. “We had a lot of guys laying down on the lawn trying to stay hydrated. We were concerned about our guys having heat exhaustion.”

True said about 16 firefighters helped put the fire out.

Seven fire engines or tanker trucks came to the scene from Brewer, Holden, Orrington and Eddington. Holden and Brewer also had two fire rescue units on scene.

Pumpers and tankers had to be used as the nearest hydrant was on Eastern Avenue.

“We’re used to fighting these fires without hydrants. That’s what we train on,” True said.

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