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Updated: Firefighters respond to Melvin Heights incident

By Christine Simmonds | May 28, 2021
Photo by: Christine Simmonds Camden firefighters prepare hoses to combat a fire on Melvin Heights Road May 28.

Camden — Camden and Lincolnville Fire Departments responded to a blaze between houses on Melvin Heights Road that got out of control May 28 just before noon.

Katie Marki said her neighbor came over, scared, when she lost control of a fire in her yard.

Marki said she helped combat the fire with a garden hose while waiting for the fire department.

The property owner declined to speak with reporters.

Camden Fire Department Administrator Scott Entwistle said Lincolnville Fire Department also responded, as a tanker was required.

Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley said it was a small fire that burned about 1/4 of an acre of woods.

The fire likely started from a nearby permitted burn, Farley said. The wind may have carried some embers to dry leaves on the forest floor.

Farley said the permit-holder would monitor the burn through the night and into the morning, to ensure there would not be another incident.

"Fires like this are the reason it is important to always keep a close eye on a fire, even if you have a burn permit," Farley said.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | May 28, 2021 16:46

Surprised that a burning permit was even issued.

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