Maine News

Friday, December 7, 2018

Fire tears through 14-unit apartment building in Old Town

Fire officials are trying to determine what caused a fire that tore through a 14-unit apartment building in Old Town. Fire crews were called to the fire at 190 Brunswick Street in Old Town early Friday morning, Dec. 7. The Old Town Fire Chief says all tenants were able to get out of the building without being injured. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
WLBZ-TV NBC 2 Bangor

Police say Whiting man conspired to kill woman after burning her Blue Hill house down

A Whiting man facing a string of felony charges is accused of conspiring to kill a Blue Hill woman whose house he allegedly burned down nearly six years ago, according to court documents. Robert H. Boggia Jr., 33, is accused of setting fire in January 2013 to a woman’s house in Blue Hill, according to documents filed in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court. He also is accused in Washington County, where he is being held in jail on $50,000 bail, of conspiring in October to arrange the killing of the woman who owned the home. Those plans were never set in motion. An overheated wood stove was thought to be the likely cause of the fire, which destroyed the home, according to news reports at the time. Matthew Foster, district attorney for Hancock and Washington counties, said Thursday that investigators recently obtained more evidence in the case, but he declined to specify what the evidence is.
Bangor Daily News

Family displaced as fire destroys Waterboro home

A beloved Sanford detective and her two children aren’t able to go home Thursday night, their Waterboro home was devastated by fire Thursday morning, according to Waterboro Fire Department. While neither Colleen Adams nor her two daughters were home when the fire broke out at their two-story home at about 9:30 a.m., their pets were, Waterboro Fire Dep. Chief Lisa Bennett said. The two dogs and one cat perished in the fire. Fire departments from Alfred, Goodwins Mills, Hollis, Limerick and Sanford responded along with the Waterboro Fire Department to the fire at 440 Ossipee Hill Road.
Biddeford Journal Tribune

Bangor Fire Department holds annual shopping spree

Area organizations and the Bangor Fire Department teamed up Thursday evening to help kids and their families this Christmas season. Families of Bangor firefighters stopped by the Briar Patch in downtown Bangor to help pick out toys and books. Everything they took off the shelves will go straight to Toys for Tots. "We're involved with a lot of needy families throughout the year and it's nice to be able to do something for them not during an emergency and to help their Christmas and help them have a better holiday," said firefighter, Jeremiah Titus. "It just brings so much joy to kids faces," said owner of The Briar Patch, Gibran Graham. "Not everybody has the same means, not everybody is affluent as everybody else, and so being able to support Toys for Tots is really just part of the Christmas magic, to help make that happen."

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Fairfield: Fire contained at Huhtamaki factory

A fire at the Huhtamaki paper product factory on College Avenue was extinguished quickly around 11:30 Wednesday morning. Waterville Fire Chief Shawn Esler said smoke and flames originated from a machine a person had been working on at the time. “There’s nothing suspicious,” he said. “We believe the cause of the fire was accidental.” Esler said that there were no injuries. He was unable to provide information about any damage done to the facility. “A fire in the mill is not uncommon because of the processes they use to make paper products,” Esler said. “They’re not frequent, but they’re not uncommon.” He added that these fires can be concerning “because of the sheer size of the mill and the amount of employees that Huhtamaki employs.” “We want to see Huhtamaki in business,” Esler said.
Portland Press Herald

Woman rescued from river after plunge from bridge in Brunswick

A 54-year-old Brunswick woman who apparently jumped from the Frank J. Wood Bridge into the Androscoggin River just after noon Wednesday was rescued, conscious, by Brunswick firefighters. Deputy Fire Chief Donald Koslosky said that when he arrived shortly afterward, bystanders showed him the blue down jacket the woman was wearing floating in the river near the Sea Dog Brewing restaurant. “You could see she was staying afloat by her down jacket,” he said. Brunswick and Topsham police, along with Koslosky, prepared to deploy float ropes to attempt to reach the woman, but Koslosky said she was too far from shore.
Bangor Daily News

Kitchen fire at Oakland home leaves two people with injuries

An Oakland couple was treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation after fire broke out in their kitchen this morning. According to the Kennebec Journal, the fire caused substantial damage to the kitchen in the home on Denise Avenue. Fire crews found the fire was limited to the kitchen The Fire Marshal's Office has been called to investigate which is protocol when injuries are involved.

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