June 25, 2018
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Cause of Freeman Township garage fire unknown

By Ann Bryant, Sun Journal

FREEMAN TOWNSHIP, Maine — Fire destroyed a generator, a Dodge truck and snowblowers in a two-car garage at 791 Foster Hill Road on Wednesday, Strong fire Chief Duayne Boyd said.

Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to a ranch-style house about 20 feet away, although flames melted the vinyl siding, homeowner Richard Lavoie said. He did not know what caused the fire.

The siding of a neighbor’s home near the garage was also damaged as firefighters fought the flames, Boyd said.

Someone passing by noticed smoke coming from the garage at about 10 a.m. and reported the fire. At about the same time, the Salem Township fire chief noticed the smoke, Boyd said.

Lavoie was at his mother’s house when the fire broke out. He heard the dispatch call for a structure fire and said, “That’s my house,” he said.

While watching firefighters, Lavoie said the loss of the generator was what he cared about most. The skeleton of a 1993 Dodge Dakota Sport truck stood beside the charred generator.

Everything was insured, he said.

Firefighters from Salem Township, Phillips and Kingfield provided mutual aid to the Strong Fire Department.

Freeman Township is just north of Strong.


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