Firefighters from four towns battle house fire in Bucksport

Bucksport and other area fire departments fought a house fire at 1739 River Road in Bucksport around 1 p.m. Monday.
Mario Moretto
Bucksport and other area fire departments fought a house fire at 1739 River Road in Bucksport around 1 p.m. Monday.
By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff
Posted April 15, 2013, at 6 p.m.

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Fire crews from four towns converged Monday at a small home on River Road, which was reported on fire around 1 p.m.

No one was injured during the fire, said Bucksport Fire Chief Craig Bowden.

“Nobody was in the house and it doesn’t appear anybody is staying there right now,” he said. Bowden said a neighbor had contacted the homeowners to tell them about the fire.

The fire was reported by a passing driver around 1 p.m. Bowden said a nearby crew was on scene within minutes and saw “heavy smoke” on the first floor. Soon, crews from Bucksport, Orrington, Orland and Holden were on scene.

“We made a quick exterior attack, sent in two crews and had knockdown in about 10 minutes,” Bowden said. Knockdown is the term firefighters use when a blaze is extinguished.

Bowden said there was heavy fire damage on the first floor of the home, and smoke and heat damage on the second floor.

Route 15 was closed for about 15 minutes when firefighting crews first went to the scene, Bowden said, but was quickly opened up to one lane of traffic.

By 2 p.m., firefighters were beginning to investigate what could have been the cause of the fire. Bowden said he would likely request investigators from the state fire marshal’s office, though that shouldn’t be interpreted to mean a suspicion of foul play.

“It’s not that it’s anything suspicious, it’s just we can’t see anything that should have caused it,” he said.

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