Bristol fire leaves two homeless, firefighters with minor injuries

Posted May 29, 2013, at 4:43 p.m.

BRISTOL, Maine — Investigators with the Maine state fire marshal’s office will head to Bristol today to determine the cause of a Tuesday night fire at 24 Riverview Road that left two people homeless and firefighters suffering minor injuries.

Bristol firefighters were called to the fire at 6:41 p.m. and upon arrival found heavy smoke and fire on the first floor of a two-story, Cape-style home, Bristol Fire Chief Paul Leeman Jr. said Wednesday.

With no fire hydrants in town, Leeman called for mutual aid from Bremen, Damariscotta, Newcastle and South Bristol to shuttle water to the scene, he said.

“We did a quick interior attack and were able to put it out pretty quickly, although there was a lot of smoke and fire damage on the first floor and smoke damage on the second,” Leeman said.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries — one broke his elbow after a fall and the other had minor smoke inhalation. Both were treated at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta and released, according to Leeman.

The home, in which a woman and her daughter lived was not habitable but could be salvaged, Leeman said. The house was not insured, according to the chief.

Crews were at the scene for approximately four and a half hours.

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