Fire destroys West Paris home; wind-blown embers endanger other buildings

Posted Jan. 21, 2013, at 6 a.m.

WEST PARIS — A single-family home and vehicle were destroyed Sunday evening in a fire that sent wind-driven embers into adjacent buildings.

West Paris fire Chief Norm St. Pierre said that the residence of Ernie Yap, 38 Maple St. became fully engulfed in flames as crews arrived at 5:07 p.m.

At that time, St. Pierre said, the wind started picking up, showering other buildings with embers and even igniting a fire on St. Pierre’s truck a block away.

“I had to put it out with snow,” St. Pierre said.

Crews were sent to focus on wetting nearby buildings to prevent the fire from spreading.

No one was home, and there were no injuries, according to St. Pierre.

The fire, which took three hours to put out, enlisted the help of first responders from Paris, Norway, Oxford, Greenwood, Woodstock and Tri-Town Rescue, involving at least 45 volunteers.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined. St. Pierre said he expects investigators on scene by Tuesday.

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