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Fort Fairfield Community Rallies Around Family After Losing Home in Fire

Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 8:21 PM EST
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FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine (WAGM) - A Fort Fairfield family now has a teenage son in the hospital and has lost their home after an early morning fire. Now, the Fort Fairfield Police Department is working to help the family, and the community is rallying behind them.

A teen is in the hospital and a family’s home is a total loss after a fire in Fort Fairfield early Wednesday morning. Fire Chief Tim Browning says there were several challenges fighting this fire.

“Things were very frigid temperatures… -4, -5 this morning so it made things very hard. The three hydrants that we had closest by were very difficult to obtain because of the recent snow, the recent freezing, and rain that we’ve had with that. Made it hard also having a metal roof on the dwelling, made it hard to gain access into the structure. The structure was 100% involved by the time of us arriving on scene. We did have one juvenile aged victim that had escaped through the second story window.”

Chief Browning adds the teenage boy who escaped was taken to AR Gould Hospital then life flighted to Shriners hospital in Boston as a result of his injuries. He says there are ways for the community to help.

“With this particular incident being right close to Christmas is very difficult. We have reached out through our local police department to be donating bottle drive, clothes, food, pantry items, everything that you would need in a home also the red cross has been notified to help the family.”

Police Chief Shawn Newell has set up a drop off location within the station for those willing to donate items. He says the department will do everything they can to assist.

“They have enough on their plate to worry about right now. So if we can take and help them make it more convenient for them to get the things that they need. This room behind me right now is the central drop off if you will for it. There’s a lot of clothing in there, we’ve just received several checks. So, the community is really coming out and if that helps the family by having one source to do it for them, then that’s what we’re here for.”

Donations are being accepted through a go fund me page. That link can be found on the Fort Fairfield Police Department Facebook page.

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