Investigators: Faulty electrical cord caused fire that damaged Sedgwick home

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted March 11, 2014, at 8:07 a.m.

SEDGWICK, Maine — A fire that investigators believe was caused by a faulty electrical cord damaged a home Sunday evening on Carter Point Road, according to the local fire chief.

The house, owned by Brockway McMillan, is insured, according to David Carter, chief of the Sedgwick Volunteer Fire Department. Carter said Monday evening that firefighters got to the fire quickly after it was reported around 4 p.m. Sunday.

“It was [a] room and contents” that burned, Carter said. “I don’t think we used 30 gallons [of water] on the fire, if that.”

Three people were home at the time of the fire and tried to put it out after they smelled smoke coming from the burning bedroom, the chief said. One man tried to smother the fire with a blanket but was driven back by the smoke and flames. He suffered some minor burns, similar to a sunburn, for his efforts, Carter said.

The fire was contained to the bedroom, which sustained significant fire damage, according to the fire chief. Aside from the bedroom, there was “a fair amount” of smoke damage in other parts of the house but not much else, he said.

Carter said he encouraged the people living there to sleep elsewhere Sunday night, but he said they may have stayed in the damaged house.

“It is habitable, I think,” he said.

Carter said local firefighters contacted the state fire marshal’s office, which sent investigators to the fire scene. They determined that the fire likely was caused by an electrical cord.

Firefighters were at the scene until 8 p.m. Sunday, he said, and about 30 firefighters from Sedgwick, Brooklin and Deer Island responded. Peninsula Ambulance assisted and Blue Hill Fire Department provided backup coverage to the Sedgwick fire station, he said.

 

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