Saturday, 7/13 – Turner (Androscoggin County) Single Family Fire. A family was forced to evacuate their home after a water heater caught fire. Although the fire was contained to the basement, the home sustained major smoke and water damage, making it uninhabitable. The Turner Fire Department called the Red Cross for assistance; Red Cross volunteer Sue Goddard responded to the scene. The Red Cross provided the family with assistance for food and lodging. The family has insurance and is expecting to begin the recovery process immediately.
Sunday, 7/14 – Dover-Foxcroft (Piscataquis County) Single Family Fire. Four people were displaced when this 1914 farmhouse went up in flames on Sunday. 100 chickens, two cows, and a cat were lost. Reports indicate that a spark from a farm vehicle ignited hay in the barn, beginning the blaze. The home is a total loss and all heirlooms are gone. Red Cross volunteers David Morrill and Rita Page responded and assisted the family with food and clothing. The clients are staying with friends.
Sunday, 7/14 – Lisbon Falls (Androscoggin County) Single Family Fire. A fire that started in the middle of the night destroyed a large single story home. The fire had spread so quickly that by the time the firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed. The cause of the fire is being investigated, and there is still some debate as to whether anyone was home when the fire first started. The following day, one of the tenants called the Red Cross for assistance; Red Cross volunteers Sue Goddard and Todd Tisdale met with the client to assess immediate basic needs and discuss a recovery plan. The Red Cross provided assistance for food, clothing, and lodging for three nights. The Red Cross also provided referrals to local social service agencies, comfort kits, and Teddy Bears. The family will be searching for alternate housing.
Monday, 7/15 – Brewer (Penobscot County) Single Family Fire. A woman was alerted to a fire by the smell of smoke. When she saw flames coming from the roof, she grabbed the pets and fled the home. Thankfully, her children were at day camp at the time. The home suffered major structural, water, and smoke damage. Red Cross volunteer David St. Louis responded, and the family was provided food, shelter, and clothing for three people. Disaster Mental Health volunteer Sue Blier also performed follow-up casework.
Wednesday, 7/17 – Norway (Oxford County) Single Family Fire. An overturned oil lamp started an early morning mobile home fire that left a mother and two children homeless. Everyone, including the family cat, escaped safely, but the fire spread quickly and destroyed everything. Three neighbors, who are local firefighters, assisted the family with their evacuation. Red Cross volunteer Rich Haslip met with the family to assess their immediate disaster caused needs and to discuss a recovery plan. The Red Cross provided assistance for food, clothing, and lodging for three nights, as well as referrals for local social service agencies.
Wednesday, 7/17 – Prospect (Waldo County) Single Family Fire. A family was at a concert in Bangor when they received a call from a neighbor that their home was engulfed in flames. The family dog perished in the blaze. Red Cross volunteer Jennifer DeGroff, along with Response Manager Danielle Hardré, responded. The Red Cross provided assistance for food, shelter, and clothing for the family of four. Disaster Mental Health volunteer Elena Perrello also provided assistance.
Thursday, 7/18 – Saco (York County) Single Family Fire. A fire that started in a barn spread to the neighboring home. The barn was destroyed by the flames, but the fire department was able to save the house. The homeowner made it out safely, but there were a number of cattle that perished in the fire. Red Cross volunteer and Saco resident Greg Cormier got up out of bed in the middle of the night to help a community member in need. The Red Cross provided assistance with food, clothing, and referrals to social service agencies.
Friday, 7/19 – Leeds (Androscoggin County) Single Family Fire. A fire broke out in an air conditioner, causing major damage to a family’s home. The family was camping at the time of the incident, and a neighbor called 911 and attempted to extinguish the blaze. The Red Cross received a call from a community partner indicating that the family may need help. The Red Cross office contacted the family and arranged a time to meet. Red Cross volunteer John "The Captain" Osbun met with the family to determine their immediate basic needs. The Red Cross provided assistance for food, clothing, and referrals.
Saturday, 7/20 – Augusta (Kennebec County) Single Family Fire. A sudden gust of wind caused a tree to fall on power lines that were connected to a home, causing an electrical panel to catch fire. Although the fire was extinguished quickly, the smoke permeated throughout the home, displacing the family for a night. The Red Cross was called by the Augusta Fire Department to provide a place for the family to stay. Red Cross volunteer Lori Wing provided lodging for the clients. The family was able to return to their home the next morning.
Sunday, 7/21 – Bowdoinham (Sagadahoc County) Single Family Fire. An early morning fire destroyed a family’s home. The family was camping when the incident occurred and were notified by authorities. The family lost all of their personal belongings, including a pet rabbit. The Bowdoinham Fire Department called the Red Cross for assistance; Red Cross volunteers Andrew Eckman and Judy Hamer handled the call. Judy met with the family and discussed their needs. The Red Cross provided assistance for food, clothing, and lodging at a local motel. The Red Cross also provided referrals to local social service agencies.
Monday, 7/22 – Falmouth (Cumberland County) Single Family Fire. In the midst of a severe rainstorm, a bolt of lightning struck a roof, resulting in a fire. A person driving by the home stopped and alerted the family of the fire. The fire department was credited with extinguishing the blaze quickly, but the home still suffered major smoke, fire, and water damage. Before the family left to stay with relatives, the fire department provided referral information for the Red Cross. The family called the Red Cross office and spoke with Response Manager Eric Lynes. Since the family lives in Eric’s neighborhood, he met them at a local restaurant. The Red Cross provided assistance for food, clothing, and eyeglasses. The family is working with their insurance company and are excited to begin steps to rebuild.