Maine News

Friday, June 22, 2018

Potato shipment bakes as truck burns on Interstate 95 in Etna

Cooking began prematurely before a shipment of potatoes had even left the road. Police said 57-year-old William Estabrook of Houlton knew something was wrong by the popping sound coming from his tractor trailer. He first noticed the noise around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 as he was hauling potatoes along Interstate 95 in Etna. Estabrook told police that he pulled off to the side of the road to make a check of his rig only to see that it was on fire. From a safe distance he watched as the fire spread until the truck was destroyed. A highway closure in the area around the truck lasted about 45 minutes until emergency crews decided traffic could proceed safely again, although one lane remained closed into the next morning.
WLBZ-TV NBC 2 Bangor

Stonington to tackle Atlantic Avenue fire lane parking

The town will try an aggressive, three-pronged approach to enforce the section of its parking ordinance that prohibits vehicles from blocking Atlantic Avenue which is a fire lane and the only route for emergency vehicles to get from the fire station. The plan stems from a wide-ranging discussion Monday between selectmen, Fire Chief Ryan Hayward and Tony Bray, the owner of the Harbor View Store and Stonecutters Kitchen, located at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Main Street. The issue, which has been discussed several times in the past month or so, stems mainly from delivery trucks blocking Atlantic Avenue. This is not a new development, but Hayward raised concerns about it earlier this year, stressing that time is crucial on emergency calls and delays to fire trucks or other emergency vehicles could have serious consequences. The problem is greater this time of year because the store and restaurant are busier, which means that deliveries increase. According to Bray, he gets deliveries five days a week throughout the summer.
Penobscot Bay Press

Fires at Millinocket church intentionally set, state fire investigator says

Federal officials are joining the investigation into a church fire in Millinocket. They say it was intentionally set in two places inside the Church of the Nazarene. According to Sgt. Scott Richards of the state fire marshal's office, the pastor discovered the fire around 11 p.m. Wednesday and called 911. The pastor then used a fire extinguisher to snuff out the flames. One of the fires was small but the other was spreading up a wall. Richards said the building would have been destroyed if the pastor had not discovered the fire early. Investigators are now working to determine how the fires were set and by whom. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms also is investigating.
WVII-TV ABC 7 & Fox 22 Bangor

Training exercise held for active shooter/threat incident at University of Maine Farmington

Representatives of many law enforcement agencies, firefighters, emergency management and emergency medical responders took part in active threat/shooter training Thursday at the University of Maine at Farmington. The training was put on by officers from the University of Maine at Farmington Campus Police Department, Farmington Police Department and Maine State Police. A representative of the University of the Maine Police Department in Orono also assisted with training equipment, including bringing nonlethal Simunition guns. There was a briefing for participants prior to the different scenarios that would play out in UMF campus buildings. The intent was to find out if there were weaknesses in tactics, if there was a threat or active shooter incident in Franklin County. They would learn from any mistakes, UMF Sgt. Ryan Wagner told those gathered at Thomas Auditorium for a briefing prior to training scenarios being acted out.
Sun Journal (Lewiston)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Follow up: Dryer lint apparently sparks fire that damages Eddington home

A father and his two children have been forced from their home in Eddington after dryer lint apparently started a fire. Crews were called to Main Road just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, right across from the Eddington School. We're told the fire started in the basement and worked its way up to the first floor and attic. Eddington Fire Chief James Ellis says the father put some clothes in the dryer, turned it on, then left with his kids, so no one was home when the fire started. Crews from Brewer, Holden, Dedham, Bradley and Milford were also called to the scene. The chief says the mutual aid and quick response helped save the home.

Men hurt in Waldoboro explosion still hospitalized

A father and son from Dracut who managed to survive and crawl out of a window of a rural Maine home last week after an explosion due to a propane leak remained hospitalized Tuesday at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Robert Keefe, 59, and Ryan Keefe, 28, were both in critical condition last Friday at the hospital, where they were taken after the explosion at a home they were working on in Waldoboro, Maine, according to a hospital spokeswoman. By Saturday morning, Robert Keefe had been upgraded to serious condition. The Keefes were at the home on Dutch Neck Road in Waldoboro to open it for the summer, according to a press release from the Office of the Fire Marshal. The Portland Press Herald reported Friday that the home is owned by Robin Pancygrau, of Chelmsford.
Lowell Sun

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