Maine Flash Report for 7/2/2013

Sunday, 6/23 – Augusta (Kennebec County) Single Family Fire. A late-night electrical fire forced the temporary evacuation of all tenants from a 17-unit apartment building. The tenant of the top floor unit heard what he described as crackling and popping noises coming from the top-floor attic. The top-floor apartment sustained minor damage when firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof to gain access to the fire. All tenants were allowed back into their apartments, except for the one family whose apartment suffered damage. That family stayed with relatives in Lewiston. Red Cross volunteers John Osbun and Todd Tisdale met with the family to assess their immediate basic needs and discuss their recovery plan. The Red Cross provided assistance for food, clothing, and comfort kits. The family plans to move back into their apartment in a few days.

Thursday, 6/27 – Augusta (Kennebec County) Single Family Fire. An RV that was being utilized as a home was destroyed by fire. The fire is believed to have started in a gas-operated refrigerator. The owner of the RV was not home at the time of the incident. The Augusta Fire Department called the Red Cross to help assist the single occupant. Red Cross volunteer Frances Szady met with the client and assessed the client’s immediate basic needs. The Red Cross provided assistance for food, clothing, and comfort kits. The owner of the RV is staying with relatives.

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