Crews extinguish fire at Dedham home undergoing renovations

Posted May 30, 2013, at 9:55 p.m.

DEDHAM, Maine — About 30 firefighters from area towns battled high temperatures as they knocked down a fire in a three-story Dedham home Thursday evening.

Fire crews were dispatched at 3:50 p.m. to a home on Chestnut Road near Phillips Lake after one of the residents arrived to find smoke pouring out of the windows, Dedham Fire Chief Craig Shane said Friday night. No one was inside the home at the time of the fire.

Firefighters arrived to find thick smoke pouring out of the second- and third-floor windows.

Warm weather and “heavy, heavy heat conditions on the third floor” forced crews to work in shifts to avoid being overcome by heat, according to Shane.

Shane said the home, which was undergoing renovations, had “severe structural damage inside.”

The state fire marshal is expected to search the home Friday to determine what caused the fire. Shane said he suspects an electrical issue related to the renovations may have been the cause.

Crews from Holden, Eddington, Orrington and Ellsworth assisted in fighting the blaze. There were no injuries, Shane said. Firefighters cleared the scene at about 7:20 p.m.

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