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Old Town home heavily damaged in weekend fire

Paul Randall | BDN
Paul Randall | BDN
A fire of unknown cause resulted in heavy damage to a home at 614 Main St. in Old Town on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. The homeowner and her daughter were out when the fire was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m. This picture was taken just before the Old Town Fire Department arrived.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

OLD TOWN, Maine — A fire that began in an upstairs bedroom late Saturday morning displaced an Old Town family and their four dogs, the city’s fire chief said Monday.

Fire Chief Steve O’Malley said the fire at 614 Main St. was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m. by people in the neighborhood.

Though initial reports indicated that heavy smoke was pouring out of the two-story building, fire crews found flames coming from windows on the second story when they arrived, he said.

Homeowner Winnie Osnoe and her daughter were out when the fire began, he said.

Although investigators with Old Town’s fire and police departments were still working Monday to determine the fire’s cause, O’Malley said it was not considered suspicious.

O’Malley said the house is insured but will need some significant repairs before the family can move back in.

“The Red Cross was an immense help,” the fire chief said. He said a representative of the organization’s Pine Tree Chapter was in Old Town by early Saturday afternoon to make temporary housing arrangements for the homeowner and her daughter, who were put up at a local motel.

O’Malley said a friend or neighbor is taking care of the family’s four dogs.

Old Town firefighters were assisted by crews from Orono, Milford and Bangor, O’Malley said. He said no one was injured in connection with the fire.

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