June 20, 2018
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Family of four homeless after fire levels house in Levant

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

LEVANT, Maine — A family of four is homeless after fire destroyed a house at 72 Sawyer Road on Monday afternoon.

The sight of smoke was reported by a forestry unit a little after 2 p.m., and multiple agencies responded to battle the flames, according to Hermon Assistant Fire Chief Eric Pelletier.

“We arrived within 10 minutes of the call and found a well-involved fire,” said Pelletier.

Fire crews from Glenburn, Bangor, Stetson, Carmel, Kenduskeag, Corinth and Hudson assisted Hermon and Levant fire teams. An Air National Guard tanker truck as well as ambulance crews from Mayo Regional Hospital and Capital Ambulance Service were also on scene.

No one was in the home when it caught fire, said Pelletier. No one was injured.

A dog named Little Girl was rescued from the home. She suffered burns and was taken to a veterinarian. Another dog, Little Boy, was missing, said Jo Anne Sample, sister-in-law of homeowner Raydell Henderson. Two birds were also in the home and are feared dead, she said. A horse and a goat were unharmed.

Pelletier said the dead-end road and lack of fire hydrants were a challenge to firefighters. The home is located about a half mile from Kenduskeag Road.

“We had to lay several thousand feet of hose and most of the water is on wheels out here,” said Pelletier. “We had to truck in water from a few different sources.”

The State Fire Marshal’s office will be brought in to investigate the cause of the fire. Pelletier said he could not speculate on what may have started the blaze.

The Red Cross has been contacted to help the family, said Pelletier.

“They have to start over. He has nothing now,” said Sampler, referring to Henderson and his three children who lived with him. “Thank God he wasn’t home and thank God nobody was in the house. These guys are going to need everything.”

Sampler said he wasn’t sure if Henderson was insured, but knew the family would need help getting by after the fire.

“Any kind of help would be appreciated considered this man just lost everything,” she said, adding that Henderson had lived in the home since 1988.

BDN writer Ryan McLaughlin contributed to this report.

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