Maine News

Friday, June 14, 2024

Class is in session for firefighters learning how to fight forest fires in York County

Firefighters have been getting hands-on training, in a program starting this year for Southern Maine. Roger Hooper is the fire administrator of York County and has helped to organize the program. He says fighting fires is incredibly important in a state known for its forests. He says the skills have become even more important in recent years due to strong winter storms destroying trees. "Over the last few years, we've had a lot of winter storms. We've had a lot of wind that has created what we call 'blowdown', blown down trees, branches and things that are still out on the forest,” Hooper said. "In dry conditions, it is very ripe and very prime for a major fire. Making sure that we have crews that can control those fires is important in a state as forested as Maine is."
WMTW-TV ABC 8 Poland Spring

Canadian Pacific to pay $16,000 fine after 2023 train derailment near Rockwood

VIDEO: A railroad company is paying the price after two trains derailed, spilling thousands of gallons of fuel into Maine waters. The EPA has reached an agreement with railroad company Canadian Pacific, resolving what the government calls Clean Water Act violations. In April of last year, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection accused the rail company of polluting Maine's waters after a fiery derailment just outside Rockwood, near Moosehead Lake, earlier that month. The DEP had said during clean-up efforts that the company failed to drain the tanks of diesel fuel before lifting them from the tracks. Between this derailment and another one in October of 2022 near Lagrange, the EPA estimates 15,000 gallons of oil-fuel spilled from the trains into nearby waters, which feed into the Atlantic Ocean.
WGME-TV CBS 13 Portland

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Apartment fire displaces residents in Sanford

An apartment fire in Sanford displaced at least four people Wednesday, and crews say it’s unknown when it will be safe for them to return home. When fire crews arrived to the apartment on Cottage Street, all residents had made it safely outside. Sanford Assistant Fire Chief Rick Smith says crews were able to rescue a cat and a dog. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Smith says crews were able to contain the spread of the fire to just one apartment inside the building. “Anytime that we have a fire like this, the ability to stop the fire early and stop the spread from apartment building to apartment building is one hundred percent credited to having a highly trained, staffed fire department,” Smith said. Smith says none of the residents can stay inside the apartment building until it’s cleared by code enforcement and cleaned of any harmful chemicals.
WPFO-TV FOX 23 Waterville

Levant farmer and his brother pull woman out of burning car

VIDEO: A Bar Harbor woman was taken to the hospital with what’s described as life threatening injuries, after her car hit a utility pole in Levant. Levant Fire and Rescue arrived on scene six minutes after they got the call just before 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. They say the car hit the pole, knocking wires down and the vehicle caught fire. When they arrived, the driver was out of the car on the ground and unresponsive. The Bangor Daily News identifies her as 38-year old Jennifer Archie. Archie was pulled to safety by bystanders after her vehicle caught fire. First responders were then able to get her into an ambulance safely. They were also able to prevent any major damage after the fire started to spread to a nearby house. The crew was able to knock the fire down before the entire house caught fire.
WABI-TV CBS/CW+ 5 Bangor

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