May 26, 2018
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Fire breaks out twice at Windham home

Courtesy of Windham Fire Department
Courtesy of Windham Fire Department
Firefighters went to this home at 81 Swetts Road in Windham twice on Saturday.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

WINDHAM, Maine — Heavy snowfall hampered the efforts of firefighters who fought a fire at 81 Swetts Road on Saturday morning, Deputy Chief David Nichols said Saturday afternoon.

Nearly 11 hours later, however, firefighters returned to the scene to find the home’s roof on fire.

“We went back for a rekindle in the attic of the affected structure,” the deputy chief said Sunday morning.

The second fire, reported about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, caused significant damage to the home.

One firefighter suffered minor smoke inhalation and was taken from the scene in an ambulance on Saturday but was released from the local hospital after an evaluation, the deputy chief also said.

“The garage was fully involved when we arrived,” Nichols said of the first fire. “It was an attached garage with a second story.”

Deep snow and high winds were challenges, he said.

“We got a couple trucks stuck and we were dealing with snow drifts that were thigh high,” Nichols said.

The family, who was not identified, has insurance and was getting assistance from the local Red Cross chapter, he said

The first fire, which started in the garage and has been deemed accidental, was reported around 6:20 a.m. and firefighters returned to their station at around 11 a.m., Nichols said.

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