Fire destroys Brunswick home, closes access road

A fire Tuesday afternoon destroyed a single-family home on Gurnet Road in Brunswick.
A fire Tuesday afternoon destroyed a single-family home on Gurnet Road in Brunswick.
Posted April 29, 2014, at 7:21 p.m.
Last modified April 29, 2014, at 8:06 p.m.
A fire Tuesday afternoon destroyed a single-family home on Gurnet Road in Brunswick.
Courtesy of Brunswick Fire Department
A fire Tuesday afternoon destroyed a single-family home on Gurnet Road in Brunswick.
A fire Tuesday afternoon destroyed a single-family home on Gurnet Road in Brunswick.
A fire Tuesday afternoon destroyed a single-family home on Gurnet Road in Brunswick.
A fire Tuesday afternoon destroyed a single-family home on Gurnet Road in Brunswick.
A fire Tuesday afternoon destroyed a single-family home on Gurnet Road in Brunswick.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A single-family home was destroyed Tuesday afternoon in a two-alarm fire on Gurnet Road.

Firefighters from five communities went to the fire at 338 Gurnet Road just after 5 p.m.

Homeowner Scott Pelkey reported returning to his house and seeing a plume of smoke coming from the building, according to Brunswick Deputy Fire Chief Don Koslosky.

As flames and smoke spread, Pelkey confirmed that no one was in the building, although Koslosky said two dogs were unaccounted for. No injuries were reported.

When the building’s floors and roof collapsed, Koslosky said, “The house is significantly gone.”

The fire was under control by 6:24 p.m.

Fire Chief Ken Brillant said the second alarm was called because the home is 1,600 to 1,800 feet from the last hydrant, and additional manpower was needed to provide water.

Gurnet Road is a main access route from Brunswick to Cundy’s Harbor, Orr’s Island and Bailey Island in Harpswell. Police closed the road to traffic at Coombs Road as fire crews worked to contain the blaze. The road remained closed at 7 p.m.

Firefighters from Brunswick, Bath, Topsham, West Bath and Freeport remained on scene at 7 p.m.

 

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the fire occurred at 342 Gurnet Road. The fire occurred fire at 338 Gurnet Road.

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