Teen in Critical Condition Following Fire in Fort Fairfield

Teen in Critical Condition Following Fort Fairfield Fire
Teen in Critical Condition Following Fort Fairfield Fire(Fort Fairfield Fire Rescue)
Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 10:25 AM EST
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FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine (WAGM) - According to the Fort Fairfield Fire Department, on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at approximately 12:15 a.m. the Fort Fairfield Fire Rescue was called to 125 Fort Hill Street for a report of a structure fire. As fire personnel arrived to find the home completely engulfed in flames.

A teen boy, who escaped through a second-story window, suffered severe injuries. Fort Fairfield Fire Rescue transported the juvenile to Northern Light A.R. Gould where he was treated and flown to Boston Shriners Hospital for children. The boy has been listed in critical but stable condition. Two adults and another boy, age thirteen, escaped the blaze unharmed.

Twenty-three firefighters from Fort Fairfield, Easton, and Caribou, fought the blaze for over six hours.

“Due to the frigid temperatures, it was a difficult fire to fight. Fortunately, no firefighters were injured while fighting the fire,” Chief Timothy Browning said. “Working smoke detectors in the home alerted the family to the fire. The home, which wasn’t insured, is a total loss. The American Red Cross placed the family for the night.”

Fort Fairfield House Fire (12/16/20)
Fort Fairfield House Fire (12/16/20)(Fort Fairfield Fire Rescue)

A GoFundMe page has been established and can be found on the Fort Fairfield Police and Fire Rescue Department’s Facebook pages. Cash and check donations will also be accepted at the Fort Fairfield Town Office or checks can be mailed to Chief Shawn Newell, Fort Fairfield Police Department, 18 Community Center Drive, Fort Fairfield, ME 04742; payable to Matthew and Tanya Turcotte.

“We will be accepting clothing and personal items at the police department for the family and we will deliver them to the Turcotte’s,” Chief Shawn Newell said. “This community has always been very supportive in times of need and this is just another way we can help. It’s unfortunate for such a tragedy to occur so close to the holidays. Clothing sizes will be posted on our Facebook pages.”

Clothing sizes: Adult male, pant 36x30, shirt XL, footwear 11-12. Adult female, pant woman’s 22, shirt 2x, footwear 11. Boys size 16/18, men’s footwear size 8. Young adult, pant 40x30, shirt 3X, footwear 10.5. Items may be dropped off at the police department lobby.

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