June 24, 2018
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Two separate fires destroy Paris house

By Terry Karkos, Sun Journal

PARIS, Maine — Firefighters from Paris, Norway, Oxford, Poland and Hebron were called to extinguish two fires Friday night and Saturday morning that eventually destroyed an unoccupied house on East Oxford Road.

There were no injuries, Paris fire Chief Brad Frost said Saturday of the fires at Cedric Bean’s single-story, wood house with attached two-car garage at 42 East Oxford Road.

Frost said firefighters initially were called to the house at about 9:20 p.m. Friday after a woman driving by the fire called 911.

The blaze started in the basement and traveled into the house, gutting the kitchen and dining-room area, he said.

Firefighters had the fire fully extinguished in 3½ hours, Frost said. As a precaution, the house was checked again at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, and everything was fine, he said.

At 2:22 a.m., all fire departments except Poland and PACE Ambulance were called back to the scene for a fully involved structure fire after a man driving to work spotted it, Frost said.

This time he immediately called state fire investigator Dan Young to determine the cause.

While not saying he believed the fire was suspicious, Frost said a rekindle “is never fully involved, especially 1½ hours afterward. That’s why the fire marshal’s investigator was there.”

After extinguishing the second fire and investigating it, everyone returned home by 6 or 7 a.m., he said.

It was town’s third structure fire in nine days.

“It’s that time of year,” Frost said.

The first fire burned a kitchen and its contents Nov. 8 at 239 East Oxford Road. “But it was out when we got there,” he said. That fire at the Shaw family home was likely caused by a heat lamp that was being used to incubate eggs, he said at that fire.

The second fire happened early Wednesday afternoon when an improperly installed funnel for a wood-burning boiler was the suspected cause of a fire that destroyed Michael and Lori Gallan’s barn, its contents and 20 cords of wood stacked behind it at 281 Brett Hill Road.

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