June 22, 2018
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91-year-old woman badly burned in Brunswick fire identified

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 91-year-old Brunswick woman was seriously injured Wednesday evening in a fire at 14 Beech Drive.

Deputy Chief Don Koslosky of the Brunswick Fire Department said crews were dispatched after receiving a LifeLine report shortly before 6 p.m.

Koslosky said smoke was spilling from the garage, as well as out the front door.

The fire reportedly was knocked down quickly, with minimal damage to the house. Rescue workers took Harriet Soulen to Maine Medical Center in Portland to be treated for severe burns. A hospital spokesperson said late Thursday morning that Soulen was in critical condition.

Soulen lived alone, according to a news release from the police department.

Capt. Matt Barnes of the Brunswick Fire Department said two other people in the house tried to assist Soulen and another neighbor suffered minor burns when he also tried to help.

A call to the state fire marshal’s office wasn’t immediately returned Thursday morning.

BDN writer Ryan McLaughlin contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this story requires correction. Harriet Soulen was 91 years old, not 92.

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