May 25, 2018
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Two-alarm fire destroys Bowdoinham home

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

BOWDOINHAM, Maine — Firefighters from eight communities went to a two-alarm fire Sunday morning that destroyed a home on Carding Machine Road.

The large, 2½-story building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived shortly after receiving the call just after 5:30 a.m., Bowdoinham Fire Chief Arthur Frizzle said.

Investigators from the state fire marshal’s office were en route to investigate because of the extent of the damage.

“It’s a total loss,” Frizzle said of the home, which he said was built “within the last year.” A connected three-bay garage contained a single vehicle, which he said was “for the most part undamaged.”

No one was home at the time, but homeowners arrived just after 7 a.m., having gotten the call while camping in Phippsburg.

Two dogs inside the home escaped injury, but a pet rabbit did not make it out, he said.

Along with Bowdoinham, crews from Bowdoin, Richmond, Topsham, Lisbon, Dresden, Wiscasset and Litchfield helped extinguish the blaze, using large holding tanks because no fire hydrants were nearby.

Frizzle said firefighters were fortunate that Sunday morning brought lower temperatures than in recent days, but he still called for additional personnel to allow firefighters to rotate out.

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