Man taken to hospital after house fire in Lewiston

Posted Feb. 05, 2012, at 5:48 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A man living at 72 Wellman St. was taken to a local hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries Saturday night, fire officials said.

Firefighters knocked down a house fire that appeared to start in the basement near the chimney and burned through the floor of the single-story ranch, causing serious damage, Fire Chief Paul LeClair said.

The flames burned through structural supports, making the floor unsafe. Firefighters cut a hole in the roof to ventilate the smoke and brought the fire under control shortly before 9 p.m.

“Everybody’s out. Everybody’s safe,” LeClair said.

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A fire investigator was en route to the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

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