Soldering torch sparks St. George fire
St. George — Three municipal fire departments were dispatched to a home at 305 Port Clyde Road mid-morning Jan. 28 to extinguish a structure fire.
St. George Fire and EMS, the Thomaston Fire Department and the South Thomaston Fire Department answered the call placed by homeowner Chip Knowlton, and were on scene for more than two hours.
There were no injuries.
Knowlton attempted to fix a frozen pipe with a soldering torch, and the surrounding area caught fire, said St. George Assistant Fire Chief Chris Leavitt.
St. George Fire Chief Tim Polky said he is unsure of monetary value of the damage, but said the home sustained severe water and moderate smoke damage.
The Knowlton family will not be able to return home "for quite a while," Polky said.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at email@example.com.