Blaze destroys Berwick home during Thursday thunderstorm

Posted Sept. 13, 2013, at 5:57 a.m.

BERWICK, Maine — A fire that raged in the pouring rain for more than an hour and a half Thursday afternoon destroyed a family home but harmed no family members.

As heavy rains fell and thunder roared late Thursday afternoon, a home at 98 Cemetery Road burst into flames.

Berwick fire crews were the first responders to the home of Mary Ellen Wright and Ronald Bickford just after 3 p.m.

Bickford, who wasn’t home when the fire broke out, said, “My wife heard a big crash outside and then all of a sudden, the house was on fire.”

A downed power line was still hanging in front of the home as firefighters worked to get the blaze under control. While Bickford and his neighbors all suspected lightning was the cause of the fire, fire officials couldn’t give an official cause at that time.

“The house was engulfed before anyone got here,” said Mary Ellen’s brother, Tom Wright, who lives next door.

Tom also shared that his sister and her husband have lived in the home for more than 25 years. In fact, several of Wright’s family members have homes on that street.

 

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