MILLINOCKET, Maine — An electrical problem likely caused a fire that destroyed a home on Iron Bridge Road on Monday night, leaving four people homeless. No injuries were reported, firefighters said Tuesday.
Neighbors reported seeing a flash and hearing loud “popping sounds” prior to the fire being reported at a single-story wood-frame house at 40 Iron Bridge Road by several of them at about 8:40 p.m. Those reporting said they saw heavy smoke and fire. When firefighters arrived several minutes later, flames were shooting out several windows, Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Malcolm said.
“My major concern then was to contain it to that one structure,” Malcolm said Tuesday. “We lost the building but we didn’t lose anything around the building. Those other structures were so close.”
The nearest homes were about 100 feet away and winds were gusting at about 20 mph, Malcolm said.
Renters Jesse Mackin, his girlfriend Jamie Clark and two children lived at the house. They were not home at the time. Their pets appear to have escaped, Malcolm said.
About 25 firefighters from East Millinocket, Medway and Millinocket fought the fire, Malcolm said.
Iron Bridge Road parallels Millinocket Stream off Riverside Drive and Penobscot Avenue on the north side of town.
Friends of the displaced people have created a Facebook page, “ Help the Family Burned Out of Their Home in Millinocket,” to collect donated goods.