Officer pulls woman from burning home in Waldoboro

A fire destroyed a home off the Friendship Road in Waldoboro on Friday morning.
Stephen Betts
A fire destroyed a home off the Friendship Road in Waldoboro on Friday morning.
Posted Dec. 27, 2013, at 9:12 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 27, 2013, at 11:52 a.m.

WALDOBORO, Maine — A police officer pulled a woman out of a burning Waldoboro home that was destroyed by fire Friday morning.

There were no injuries but the fire was difficult to battle because the home was located a quarter mile down an unplowed driveway, said Assistant Fire Chief William Maxwell.

The fire chief said the homeowner called the fire department at about 4 a.m. The home, located at 2844 Friendship Road, is near the Friendship town line. Friendship Fire Chief Kevin Benner was the first to arrive at the scene in his pickup truck with a plow.

Benner and Waldoboro police Officer Tom Bartunek drove down the driveway in Benner’s vehicle. The homeowner was trying to put out the fire but was taken from the home by Bartunek.

Maxwell said that when he arrived, the building was engulfed in extensive fire and he determined that the house could not be saved. A Friendship pumper and four-wheel-drive vehicles went down the long, narrow driveway to help fight the blaze.

The chief said that it is important that people keep their driveways plowed to allow emergency vehicles easier access.

The chief did not know the name of the owner but 2844 Friendship Road is listed as being owned by Carol Clinton, according to town property tax records. The town’s assessed value of the house was $146,000.

The assistant chief said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental but was not able to provide more details Friday morning. Crews from Union, Friendship, Warren and Jefferson also responded to the fire while Nobleboro went to the Waldoboro station to staff its station.

Crews were still at the scene at 10:30 a.m.

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