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Hampden fire damages house on Route 1A

Posted Jan. 20, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 20, 2014, at 9:08 p.m.
Phillipa Gilmore, center, talks with Lt. Frank Coombs about the fire in the house at 40 Main Road South in Hampden where she escaped along with her 13 year-old daughter on Monday afternoon. Listening in is neighbor Allyson Mitchell, left. A pet guinea pig was saved. However, an exotic bird did not survive and a cat is still missing.
Phillipa Gilmore, center, talks with Lt. Frank Coombs about the fire in the house at 40 Main Road South in Hampden where she escaped along with her 13 year-old daughter on Monday afternoon. Listening in is neighbor Allyson Mitchell, left. A pet guinea pig was saved. However, an exotic bird did not survive and a cat is still missing.
Firefighters set up ladders at 40 Main Road South in Hampden on Monday. Crews from Hampden, Bangor, Hermon, Newburgh and Winterport responded. Phillipa Gilmore along with her 13-year-old daughter escaped after spotting flames hear a wood stove on the first floor on Monday afternoon.
Kevin Bennett
Firefighters set up ladders at 40 Main Road South in Hampden on Monday. Crews from Hampden, Bangor, Hermon, Newburgh and Winterport responded. Phillipa Gilmore along with her 13-year-old daughter escaped after spotting flames hear a wood stove on the first floor on Monday afternoon.
Firefighters work to put out a fire at a home on Route 1A in Hampden Monday afternoon.
Ryan McLaughlin
Firefighters work to put out a fire at a home on Route 1A in Hampden Monday afternoon.

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HAMPDEN, Maine — A wood stove is likely to blame for a fire that heavily damaged a house on Route 1A Monday afternoon, according to officials.

Crews from five communities were dispatched to 40 Main Road South shortly before 2 p.m., according to Hampden Fire Lt. Frank Coombs.

“Fire damage was held to the first floor near the wood stove,” he said.

One of the residents noticed the flames near the wood stove and called 911, according to Coombs. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which was under control in about a half hour.

Coombs said the house is an older structure, built in the 1900s at the earliest, and it’s likely unlivable due to heavy smoke and water damage.

“We made an outside hit as best we could, which seemed to knock it down,” said Coombs.

Firefighters from Hampden, Hermon, Bangor, Newburgh and Winterport assisted at the scene.

 

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