Afternoon fire leaves Cumberland home unlivable

Posted Feb. 25, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 25, 2014, at 7:54 p.m.

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CUMBERLAND, Maine — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a fire that broke out early Tuesday afternoon at a home on Bruce Hill Road.

Firefighters who went to the wood-frame home at 179 Bruce HIll Road at approximately 1:30 p.m. found flames and significant smoke, said Cumberland Deputy Fire Chief Evariste Bernier.

The flames were knocked down within about 30 minutes, Bernier said, although firefighters were still at the scene at 5:30 p.m.

Bernier declined to describe the severity of the damage, but said the house was no longer habitable.

According to tax records, the two-story, four-bedroom home is owned by John P. Giffune and Tracy B. Silverman.

Cumberland, Gray, Falmouth, North Yarmouth and Yarmouth fire crews also responded to the scene.

No injuries were reported.

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