May 25, 2018
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Fire guts Bucksport home while residents at seasonal camp

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

BUCKSPORT, Maine — A home is considered a total loss but no one was injured after a fire consumed a house Wednesday morning off Millvale Road, according to a local official.

No one was home at the Coleman Lane residence of Bertha and Daniel Coleman when the fire was reported just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to Bucksport Fire Chief Craig Bowden. He said a motorist driving past the house saw flames shooting out of the home and called the fire department.

“It was not occupied at the time,” Bowden said. “The people who live there were still at camp.”

Bowden said firefighters who live in the neighborhood got to the scene within a few minutes, but an ell on the home was already starting to collapse from the blaze when they arrived. The fire quickly engulfed the house, he said.

“It is a total loss. The main structure is still standing, but it’s completely gutted out,” Bowden said.

There were no injuries from the fire, the chief said. The home was insured.

Bowden said that with all the damage chances are slim that investigators will be able to determine how the fire started. Nonetheless, officers with the State Fire Marshal’s Office were at the scene Wednesday looking into possible causes, he said.

“We’ve got a couple of things that we’re digging into, but nothing [is] suspicious at this point,” Bowden said.

The chief said approximately 25 firefighters went to the scene from Bucksport, Orland, Orrington and Castine. Firefighters in Penobscot stood by in case they were needed, he said.

The Red Cross has been notified, but the homeowners are expected to remain at their seasonal camp until they can find housing for the winter, according to the chief.

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