Winthrop home heavily damaged by early morning fire

Posted May 31, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.

WINTHROP, Maine — A two-story home was heavily damaged, but its occupants were unhurt after a fire at 4 Pine Knoll Road early Saturday morning.

The family of three, as well as an adult guest, were already out of the home when firefighters arrived just before 3 a.m. Saturday, Winthrop Fire Chief Dan Brooks said.

“The mom awoke, smelled smoke and got everybody out,” Brooks said.

The fire apparently started near the bulkhead to the basement and climbed the outside wall to the attic, destroying two rooms, including a second-floor bedroom where a teenage son had been sleeping only moments before, according to Brooks.

“Just as our engines were arriving, that upstairs room just erupted into flames and blew out that window,” Brooks said.

The house, which was insured, is uninhabitable, he said. The American Red Cross helped the occupants find accommodations.

About 40 firefighters from Winthrop, Monmouth, Manchester and Augusta battled the blaze, which was under control in about 30 minutes. Brooks said crews remained there until nearly 6 a.m.

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