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Firefighters from several towns respond to fatal blaze in Camden

By Susan Mustapich | Feb 25, 2021
Photo by: Royan Bartley, Rockport Fire Department

CAMDEN — Firefighters from several area towns responded to the scene of a fatal Mt. Battie St. house fire in the early hours of Feb. 25.

Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley had not left the scene of the fire when State Fire Marshals arrived. At 8:30 a.m., he said investigators from the Fire Marshal's office were going through the remains of the building. At that time, one person was still unaccounted for.

Around 9:30 a.m., Farley said Fire Marshal investigators located a body, which a local funeral home transported to the Medical Examiner's office in Augusta.

The emergency call was dispatched at 7 Mt. Battie St., at 1:14 a.m., sending firefighters from Camden, Rockport, Hope and Lincolnville to the blaze. About 54 firefighters from these towns worked at the scene.

When Farley arrived, fire was coming out of all doors and windows on the front and side of the house.

There were people in the street, and one family member said there was still someone in the building, he said.

Neighbors reported waking up to the sound of screaming and the power being out. A neighbor called 911.

Rockport Fire Department posted on its Facebook page: "1:14am we were called to Camden for a structure fire along with Hope and Lincolnville. Our hearts go out to those involved. We cleared the scene at 3:10am and headed back to the station to replace packs and prepare for the next call. If you need us, call us - we will be there."

Local schools Superintendent Maria Libby emailed a letter today to families who have teenagers and children in the local schools. She shared the information that "there was a serious fire in Camden last night that destroyed the home of some of our students.

No words can convey the hurt that the fire at the Hedstrom/Connors home has caused their family and will cause the greater community. This tragedy last night will impact many of us and many of you, your children and your friends."

The letter is signed by the three district principals, from the high school, middle school and elementary school.

Support is in place at all of the schools for students and staff who may be impacted by the fire. Staff will be monitoring and assisting those who are or seem to be impacted.

The schools are offering their social workers and guidance counselors as resources to families and children. Staff are available to help with any concerns parents might have about their children, according to the letter, which provides telephone numbers to call for assistance..

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

(Photo by: Royan Bartley, Rockport Fire Department)
(Photo by: Royan Bartley, Rockport Fire Department)
(Photo by: Royan Bartley, Rockport Fire Department)
(Photo by: Royan Bartley, Rockport Fire Department)
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Comments (6)
Posted by: Deborah Clarisse Morrison | Feb 26, 2021 17:19

I would like to donate some quilts to the family...can someone reach out to a family member and have them contact me.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 26, 2021 06:45

Karen, the family can put the money towards medical bills etc.  The important thing is to give what you can.

Posted by: Karen A Grove | Feb 25, 2021 19:28

Does this Go Fund Me page go just to building a new house or can it be used for other things such a medical expenses and clothing?  I'm not familiar on how the Go Fund Me funds work so I'm asking


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 25, 2021 18:41

If you copy and paste the link, it will take you right to it.


Posted by: Deborah Clarisse Morrison | Feb 25, 2021 18:33

I'm having a hard time finding th Go Fund Me page...can you help??


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 25, 2021 18:26

There is a Go Fund Me page.  One of the family members started it 4 days ago, humbling asking for help with the addition to their house. The support of people is so heart warming.  Any amount you can give will help.

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