Charleston family loses home in fire

Posted Dec. 06, 2013, at 9:50 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 06, 2013, at 2:48 p.m.

CHARLESTON, Maine — A family of five lost all of their possessions Thursday after their Atkinson Road home was destroyed by fire, according to officials.

The blaze prompted response from approximately seven communities, while two others were on standby, Charleston Fire Chief Keith Prescott said Friday.

When firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after 3:30 p.m., one end of the two-story house was completely engulfed in flames, Prescott said.

The chief said it wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire and where it started.

“The fire marshal was there [Thursday] night and are returning again [Friday] morning,” Prescott said.

A male homeowner was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries but was released within hours, Prescott said.

Prescott said it took crews from Charleston, Bradford, Corinth, Hudson, Glenburn, LaGrange and Dover-Foxcroft about two hours to get the fire under control. Alton and Kenduskeag firefighters were on standby.

The Red Cross has been contacted to assist the family, which has already received a large donation of clothes, Prescott said. An undisclosed company is also making sure the family has Christmas gifts, the chief added.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story requires correction. The fire occurred on Atkinson Road in Charleston, not Atkins Road.

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