Fire leaves Topsham home 'close to a total loss'

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TOPSHAM — Firefighters spent the night of April 15 quelling a blaze that destroyed a house at 307 Meadow Road.

Fire Chief Brian Bickford said firefighters from Topsham, Brunswick, Lisbon, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham and West Bath responded to the call, which came from a neighbor at 8:18 p.m. The fire was under control by about 9:30 p.m., but firefighters remained until about 2 the next morning, Bickford said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, and the case has been turned over to the state fire marshal’s office, the chief said.

He said the home had “quite a bit of equipment and fuel cans” inside the garage and outside and around the house. No one was hurt in the fire and nobody was in the house at the time, Bickford said, although he believed a neighbor had rescued a dog from the residence before firefighters arrived.

Concerning the condition of the home, Bickford said, “I would venture to say that it’s close to a total loss.”

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.