MONTVILLE, Maine (WABI) Shortly after 10 o’clock, a call came in to the Montville fire department to respond to Halldale Road for a structure fire.
“We responded from our house which is just a short ways up the street and got on scene and found that it was fully involved,” said Public Information Officer Karen York. “Our mutual aid companies were automatically dispatched.”
Liberty, Morrill, Searsmont, Freedom, and Thorndike all responded to the scene. Crews from Brooks and Unity were also on stand-by. Officials from Montville are not sure how the fire started.
“We have spoken to the homeowner and they don't believe there was anything left one, there were no appliances that were used this morning so we don't believe there were any issues of that kind.”
Low temperatures and road conditions made things difficult for firefighters.
“These temperatures, it is freezing. It does make it very difficult not only to navigate the firefighters walking on it, but for the truck to go through. We did have our town DOT guy come in with a sand truck and he came in and sanded the roads and that helped a lot.”
The fire proved to be too tough to put out by conventional means and an excavator was called in to help knock the house down. The loss of the home was felt by everyone on scene.
“It really effects everybody pretty hard. Not just the firefighters but the community. As you know, we just lost a young man a couple of weeks ago in an accident down here. This time of year, no matter what the situation is, what the emergency is, it’s hard for everybody to lose something that’s so close to you.”
No one was injured but the Red Cross is assisting a person that was displaced. Officials say if there is one from positive to take away from the day, it’s the response of firefighters from the local communities.
“The mutual aid towns that all came today, all helped participate in the fundraiser that occurred last week and they're all here to help us today. Everybody works together and they do a fabulous job.”