June 19, 2018
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Fire damages Western Avenue home in Newburgh

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

NEWBURGH, Maine — What may have been an electrical fire damaged portions of a three-story ranch house in Newburgh, but firefighters from Newburgh, Hampden and Dixmont were able to put it out in an hour and limit the damage.

“Thanks to Hampden and Dixmont, it was a pretty good save,” said Newburgh Fire Chief Glen Williamson. “I was really happy with the response we got from the other towns. It took us about an hour to put out.”

The call came in around 4:30 p.m., according to Williamson, and reported a structure fire at 2498 Western Ave.

“There’s some water damage and some burn damage on the second floor,” he added. “The fire damage was contained mainly to one room upstairs and one wall downstairs.”

Approximately 25 firefighters and seven units including two tankers assisted from the three departments.

“I happened to be nearby and when I got there, there was smoke coming out of the eaves and top windows, but no visible flames,” Williamson said. “It got up in the walls and the attic.”

The woman living at the home had a couple of relatives visiting, but no was injured.

“She’s staying with relatives tonight,” Williamson said.

Williamson will meet with the fire marshal in the morning to investigate the damage and determine the cause of the fire.

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