OXFORD, Maine — Members of a family, including two preschool children and a teenager, escaped their burning home at the Mechanic Falls line Sunday morning.
There were no injuries, but Sally Courtney’s family lost several pets.
Firefighters from Oxford, Poland, Paris, Otisfield, Norway and Mechanic Falls arrived to a structure fire, which destroyed the home on Burns Road.
“I was sleeping on the couch in the den when I saw the fire,” said Sunshine Courtney, 16, the daughter of homeowner Sally Courtney.
Sally Courtney rushed to return home from an errand in Lewiston. By the time she arrived, the house was in flames. A column of smoke could be seen from the entrance to Burns Road, about 500 feet from the home.
A 2-year-old and a 3-month-old were removed safely from the fire, along with Sally’s daughters and son-in-law, as well as several dogs. A puppy and 9 kittens could not be accounted for and were believed to have perished in the fire.
Firefighters blocked off Robinson Hill Road to fill portable water tanks. Firefighters were working to contain the fire, which continued to burn hours later.