Multiple agencies respond to Camden structure fire
Camden — Camden, Hope, Lincolnville and Rockport fire departments, Camden police and Camden First Aid Association responded to a structure fire at a mobile home located at 181 Mechanic St. in Camden around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5.
The fire was at the home of Susan Morse, who was on the scene as firefighters worked to tame the blaze. Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley said Morse had put a load of clothes in the dryer and gone out to do some errands in town and when she arrived home and opened the door to her home, she discovered fire in the area of the dryer. She exited the home and called for help, said Farley.
Farley said the cause of the fire was not immediately apparent, he added that he would be returning to the scene later Friday to clean up and look into what may have caused the blaze.
Morse's two cats were in the home at the time of the fire. Camden First Aid Association members worked to revive one cat suffering from smoke inhalation; a civilian later transported the cat to a veterinarian, but he did not survive.
The whereabouts and condition of the second cat were unknown at the time of this report, Farley said that crews had heard that the second cat may have escaped the fire and gotten outside. He added that they would continue to look for the cat upon returning to the scene.
Farley said crews had the fire under control within about 20 minutes of arriving at the home. Estimated financial damage to the mobile home, which is valued at $28,100, was not immediately available. An area between Simonton Road and upper Mechanic Street was closed for a time as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire.
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