December 17, 2018
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Firefighters save Sangerville home from fire

Maine Forest Rangers | BDN
Maine Forest Rangers | BDN
Firefighters from Sangerville reportedly saved a home from an approaching wildfire on Friday.

SANGERVILLE, Maine — Firefighters saved a home from a fire on Friday, according to Regional Ranger Jeffrey Currier of the Maine Forest Service.

The Sangerville Fire Department was called to a home on Burroughs Road around 2 p.m., according to Currier. Upon arrival, they found a fire threatening a home in a remote section of the town.

Firefighters reportedly were able to quickly knock down the flames and keep the fire from damaging the home.

According to Forest Ranger Jon Blackstone, the homeowner, Stanley Schies, 61, was burning tires and other debris outside his camp when he lost control of his fire.

In investigating the cause of the fire, it was determined that the homeowner was burning prohibited materials and had not obtained an open burning permit for the fire. He was issued a summons for failing to acquire an open burning permit and a warning for the prohibited materials burning.

“This is a classic example of how quickly a small fire can escape and threaten someone’s home. We urge citizens to understand and adhere to all of Maine’s open burning permit laws, as they are in place to help protect homes and forest resources,” Blackstone said.

The Maine Forest Service had a helicopter on standby, but it did not go to the scene.

Rangers and firefighters battled several wildfires across Maine on Friday. They urge the public to be careful with any outdoor fires, as the state is entering a period of warmer and drier weather.

“Always check with local fire officials and get a burn permit. Also, make certain that you adhere to all of the listed conditions and restrictions on the permit,” Blackstone said.

Maine’s forest rangers serve in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Maine Forest Service, Forest Protection Unit.

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