Woman hospitalized after home destroyed in fire

By Juliette Laaka | Dec 27, 2013
A fire destroyed a Waldoboro home Dec. 27. Police tape cordons off the road to the home, located off Friendship Road.

Waldoboro — An early morning fire destroyed a Waldoboro home off Friendship Road Dec. 27.

The single occupant of the home was rescued from the house by firefighters and Waldoboro Police, and taken to Miles Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to Friendship Fire Chief Kevin Benner. He said he is unaware of any serious injuries the owner of the home sustained.

Waldoboro Assistant Fire Chief William Maxwell said the homeowner, Carol Clinton, has been released from the hospital.

Benner and Waldoboro Police went to the home before fire crews responded and rescued Clinton, driving her out in Benner's four-wheel drive pick-up truck, said Maxwell.

The call for response came in at 4:16 a.m., and crews were on scene until 11 a.m., Benner said.

The house is considered a total loss, and Benner said emergency response was hindered by the condition of the driveway to the home. The 1,000-foot driveway was not plowed from previous storms and only the small four-wheel drive pumper was able to make it to the home.

Maxwell said it took about a half hour for crews to determine the most effective way to respond to the fire. The larger truck was parked on the main road and water was pumped through a line to the smaller pumper to extinguish the blaze.

Friendship, Jefferson,Warren, and Union departments also responded to the scene.

Maxwell said the cause of the fire is unknown due to the extensive damage to the home.

The Red Cross has been notified of the fire.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@couierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Cynthia Wallace | Dec 28, 2013 12:41

Thank you for helping her Gloria. We didn't know her but such a tragedy.

Posted by: GLORIA l. BAGLEY | Dec 28, 2013 11:03

Carol has lost everything. if someone can help her with household items she will be so grateful. She has an empty house that will be available for her when the plumbing and wiring is ready but there's nothing to put in it. She will need everything. If there is someone in a position to help, you may call me at 832 5142. I will do my best to coordinate and store donations if you are able to get them here to me. Thank you so much.

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