Rockport fire started by chair too close to woodstove
Rockport — Fire investigators say a Jan. 3 fire that destroyed a mobile home on Vinal Street was caused by a chair catching fire that was too close to the woodstove.
The homeowner, Bruce Fales, 64, was critically injured from smoke inhalation and burns and was initially taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport before being transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland. As of Jan. 9, he was listed in satisfactory condition.
Fales was interviewed by investigators last weekend in his hospital room and he told them he was asleep at the time of the fire and escaped out a bedroom window, crawling down his driveway where he was found, according to a news release from Maine Department of Public Safety.
His home was completely destroyed by fire. When crews first arrived, at approximately 3:30 a.m., about 75 percent of the mobile home was gone, Fire Chief Jason Peasley previously said.
The mobile home did not have any working smoke detectors.