Investigation continues into fire that destroyed Lebanon home, hospitalized firefighters

By Oliver Jenkins, Foster's Daily Democrat
Posted July 15, 2012, at 6:40 a.m.

LEBANON, Maine — State fire marshals are still investigating a three-alarm blaze in Lebanon that destroyed a home Friday evening and resulted in the hospitalization of three responding firefighters.

Marshals are not expected to release the findings of their investigation until early next week when they get a chance to meet with the homeowners, according to Chief Blaine Wood of the Lebanon Fire Department. He also mentioned all three firefighters, who were transported from the scene of the fire to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, have since been treated for related injuries and released.

Lebanon Rescue Department Assistant Chief Jason Cole said the homeowners were away and the house was unoccupied when the fire call was first received at 5:34 p.m. Friday.

Nearly a dozen agencies, including Lebanon, Alfred, Acton, Berwick, South Berwick, North Berwick, York and Milton, Rochester and Somersworth, N.H., responded to the scene at 56 Windswept Drive.

Efforts to extinguish the fire were severely hindered by the ranch home’s remote location.

“The long narrow road made our efforts much more difficult,” Cole said. He estimated they used roughly 1,000 feet of line to reach the home, located 100 to 200 yards down a long dirt road in Lebanon.

Although the fire was declared to be under control at 6:30 p.m, several small fires along with heavy smoke could be visible shortly past 7 p.m.

Fire trucks and ambulances were still rushing to the scene around 7:15 p.m. Over a dozen firefighters were treated on-scene by paramedics for heat exhaustion and other related injuries.

Only sections of the home’s walls remained standing in the aftermath of Friday’s fire, which claimed the roof and destroyed the interior of the home.

Fire crews were on scene until 10:25 p.m. Friday.

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