UPDATED: Waldoboro fire deemed arson

By Beth A. Birmingham | Nov 18, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Elizabeth Cunningham, a tenant of  this house at 50 Union Road in Waldoboro, succumbs to grief upon arriving at the scene Nov. 14, while Police Chief William Labombarde looks at the damage. Three towns responded to the late morning blaze that deemed the house a total loss.

Waldoboro — The fire that destroyed a mobile home at 50 Union Road Nov. 14 was intentionally set, according to a statement from Sgt. Ken Grimes of the Maine State Fire Marshal's Office.

The case is still under investigation to determine who is responsible for the arson.

More than 15 firefighters from Waldoboro, Warren and Union responded to the call at 11:30 a.m. and remained on scene for more than two hours, extinguishing the fire and assisting Fire Marshal Mary McMaster in determining the cause.

"I believe there were two people home at the time of the fire," said Waldoboro Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer. No injuries were reported.

Elizabeth Cunningham, her 13-year-old son, and Eric Buckley were tenants of the home.

Waldoboro and Warren Emergency Management Services assisted on the scene with rehabilitation for the firefighters. One Warren firefighter was taken by ambulance to Pen Bay Medical Center as a precaution, said Smeltzer.

Also on the scene were members of Waldoboro Police Department. Friendship Fire Department was called to cover the Waldoboro station.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

An emergency responder speaks with one of the tenants of 50 Union Road that was the victim of a structure fire Nov. 14 in Waldoboro. Cause of the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Waldoboro Police Chief William Labombarde escorts a young boy through emergency crews at a structure fire on Nov. 14 that destroyed the home. At the right, firefighters are attended to as precaution. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Emergency medical staff work on a Warren firefighter before he was transported to Pen Bay Medical Center as a precaution at a late morning structure fire in Waldoboro Nov.14. Three towns responded to the blaze. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.

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