May 27, 2018
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Harrison home badly damaged in Saturday morning fire

By Leslie H. Dixon, Sun Journal

HARRISON, Maine — A fire early Saturday morning destroyed a Cape Monday Road home.

No injuries were reported.

Initial reports that a person may have been unaccounted for were quickly resolved, Town Manager George “Bud” Finch told the Sun Journal.

“That was a bit of initial confusion as the occupant calling 911 was out of the house first and was not sure where one of the three occupants were,” said Finch. “It was quickly cleared up, but not until after the dispatcher had toned us out.”

The Harrison Fire Department was called to the fire scene at 6:45 a.m. at 83 Cape Monday Road. The home is owned by Steve and Sherry DeBeradinis. Sherry DeBeradinis and her brother and sister-in-law were in the house at the time, said Finch. All were able to exit the house safely.

When firefighters first arrived, Finch said they found an addition to the cape-style home to be fully involved with flames quickly spreading into the main part of the house on both the first and second floors.

In a statement released Saturday morning, Finch said crews initiated an exterior attack to bring the fire under control before establishing an interior attack to knock down the remaining fire in order to perform overhaul and salvage.

Finch said damage to the house was significant, with the addition burnt out completely and the main house having fire, smoke and water damage. There were no injuries to firefighters.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time pending review by the fire marshals office.

The Harrison Fire Department was assisted on scene by departments from Naples, Bridgton, Otisfield, Waterford, Raymond, Casco and Norway. The Oxford Fire Department provided standby coverage at the Harrison station.

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