Woman injured re-entering burning house in Bangor in attempt to save her dogs

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, at 1:51 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 18, 2014, at 8:53 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A home on Dillingham Street was damaged by fire on Friday afternoon, and the blaze sent one woman to the hospital.

The fire at 40 Dillingham Street broke out at 12:54, and crews were on the scene five minutes later, Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Rick Cheverie said.

A woman whose name was not disclosed had to be taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center after she apparently went back inside the building in an attempt to save her dogs, Cheverie said.

The dogs perished in the fire.

“That’s a bad plan,” Cheverie said of attempting to rescue the animals. “When you get out and you have a fire in your building, please stay out.”

The woman’s daughter, Cynshey Ramsey, said she was outside smoking a cigarette when fire alarms in the two-story home rang out.

Ramsey said she believes her mother’s hair got burned in an attempt to save the dogs.

Cheverie said it took crews about 25 minutes to get the blaze out, and firefighters attacked the building aggressively once they knew the victim was out safely.

“We wanted to make sure we had the lady out,” Cheverie said.

Cheverie said the second floor of the house has extensive damage due to water and smoke. He added officials are currently unclear what caused the fire or where it started.

Hermon and Brewer crews covered Bangor’s fire station.