Man severely burned, home ‘a total loss’ in Cooper fire

Posted March 29, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
Last modified March 30, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.

COOPER, Maine — A man suffered severe burns in a fire at a home near Cathance Lake, Maine State Police reported Saturday.

The man, who was not identified, was “burned quite badly,” said a state police dispatcher.

He was flown by helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland after being initially taken to Calais Regional Hospital.

The fire at 10 Grove Pond Road was reported at noon, and firefighters remained on the scene until late afternoon.

“It was a total loss,” Cooper Fire Chief Trevor Flood said Saturday evening, adding that, “The fire spread very quickly and overtook the house.”

The home is located a little over 500 feet south of Route 191 and about two miles north of Cathance Lake.

“Our biggest issue, of course, in a rural area is water,” Flood said. Firefighters were able to use water from a brook about two miles away.

Investigators from the office of the State Fire Marshal were at the scene. The cause of the fire is unknown so far, according to Flood, but it does not appear to be suspicious.

Volunteer firefighters from Cooper, Meddybemps, Charlotte, Alexander and Dennysville responded. Downeast EMS was also at the scene. Members of the Baileyville Fire Department covered for the surrounding area from the Alexander fire station.

BDN staff Lisa Haberzettl contributed to this report.

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