Brewer fire guts home of Bangor restaurant matriarch

Posted Oct. 05, 2013, at 12:12 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — An early morning fire gutted the home of Arline Geaghan, who still works part-time at the Bangor restaurant started by her late husband in 1975, but everyone inside, including the pets, got out safe, said her son Peter Geaghan.

“She’s safe and sound,” he said just before noon Saturday by phone from Geaghan’s Restaurant and Pub. “She’s doing great. She’s amazing. She’s more worried about everybody else.”

The fire at 121 Parkway North broke out around 3:15 a.m., according to Brewer fire Capt. Robbie Wildes.

“They had fire in the back of the building showing in the back of the house [when firefighters arrived],” the fire captain said. “It gutted the inside but the house is still standing. There was a lot of fire but they put it out quickly.”

Arline Geaghan, her son, Richard Geahan, and his girlfriend as well as a cat and a dog, were inside the house when the fire started, but all were able to escape to flames.

A member of the State Fire Marshal’s Office is scheduled to inspect the damage Monday in an effort to determine the cause of the fire, Wildes said.

For now, Arline Geaghan is staying at her daughter’s house, said Peter Geaghan, who thanked the fire department, Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross and the community for their outpouring of support.

“We’re fortunate to be surrounded by a community that really cares about people,” he said.

He also said his mom is such a strong woman who is so filled with devotion that, “I half expect her to show up to work tomorrow.”