Fire in Hampden damages Western Avenue double-wide

Posted May 30, 2010, at 9:27 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — A double-wide trailer at 1298 Western Ave. was substantially damaged in a fire Sunday morning.

No one was injured in the blaze.

The home is owned by Paul Tower, who had left in his vehicle with the family dog before the fire started, according to Hampden officials.

The blaze was reported by passers-by about 9:45 a.m., according to Hampden police. Western Avenue, which is Route 9, was closed to traffic for about two hours so equipment and firefighters from Newburgh, Hermon and Carmel could reach the blaze more easily to assist Hampden firefighters.

When firefighters arrived, the house was “pretty involved,” Hampden fire Capt. Ronald Lare said Sunday afternoon. He described the blaze as a “stubborn fire.”

“Due to the construction of double-wide trailers, fire is able to travel through the ceilings very quickly,” he said. “We had to fight this fire from the outside.”

It took about two hours to get the fire under control, Lare said, and another 1½ hours to deal with hot spots.

An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to help determine the origin of the blaze, Lare said. His report is not expected to be completed until later this week.

Today is a holiday for state workers, and offices are closed.