Bangor fire crews fight biting cold to knock down early morning Court Street blaze

Posted Jan. 24, 2013, at 9:20 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 24, 2013, at 11:53 a.m.

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BANGOR, Maine — One man was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center early Thursday morning to be treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at a Court Street home, according to Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Anthony Riitano.

Crews were called to 150 Court St. shortly before 1 a.m. and arrived to find flames shooting out of windows on both floors of the two-story, single-family residence.

“The building, according to the crew that arrived, was fully involved,” Riitano said early Thursday morning.

A man who was inside the building when the fire broke out escaped out a second-floor window, according to the assistant chief.

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Riitano said he isn’t sure whether there was a working smoke detector in the home or how the man was alerted to the fire. He said he didn’t know whether the man was able to talk with the fire crew before he went to the hospital.

The assistant chief said he wasn’t sure if the man lived alone at the house, but that no one else was in the building at the time of the fire.

Crews were still on scene at 9 a.m. Thursday to make sure the fire didn’t spark back up.

“The crews did an incredible job,” knocking down the blaze in subzero temperatures while battling a biting-cold wind chill, the assistant chief said.

“It was a defensive operation,” Riitano said. “We didn’t have to send anybody inside.

The state fire marshal’s office will be investigating the cause of the fire, but Riitano said that likely wouldn’t happen until Friday.

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