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Wind-swept fire destroys Topsham home

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Wind-swept fire destroys Topsham home

Wind-swept Topsham house fire

Wind-swept Topsham house fire
Photo: Paul Cunningham / For The Forecaster

Firefighters from around the area were called to a house fire at 1133 Lewiston Road (Route 196) in Topsham, near the Lisbon Falls town line, at around 1:30 p.m. on April 5. Winds and dry conditions fueled the blaze, and water had to be brought to the scene by several tanker trucks from neighboring departments. A man, woman, dog and cat were at the house when the fire erupted, but no one was hurt. Although the cause of the fire was undermined, Topsham Fire Chief Brian Bickford said he suspected it started in an ash bucket on the porch, and then spread inside to destroy about 75 percent of the building. Route 196 was closed for several hours while firefighters extinguished the blaze. Firefighters from Topsham, Brunswick, Lisbon Falls, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, West Bath, Freeport and Durham responded. They had the fire under control at about 2 p.m., but were on the scene until about 4:30 p.m. with salvage and overhaul operations.

Photo: Paul Cunningham / For The Forecaster

Firefighters from around the area were called to a house fire at 1133 Lewiston Road (Route 196) in Topsham, near the Lisbon Falls town line, at around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Winds and dry conditions fueled the blaze, and water had to be brought to the scene by several tanker trucks from neighboring departments. A man, woman, dog and cat were at the house when the fire erupted, but no one was hurt. Although the cause of the fire is undermined, Topsham Fire Chief Brian Bickford said he suspects it started in an ash bucket on the house's porch, and then spread inside to destroy "a good 75 percent" of the building. Route 196 was closed for several hours while firefighters extinguished the blaze. Firefighters from Topsham, Brunswick, Lisbon Falls, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, West Bath, Freeport and Durham responded. They had the fire under control at about 2 p.m. but were on the scene until about 4:30 p.m. with salvage and overhaul operations.

Photo: Paul Cunningham / For The Forecaster

Firefighters from around the area were called to a house fire at 1133 Lewiston Road (Route 196) in Topsham, near the Lisbon Falls town line, at around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Winds and dry conditions fueled the blaze, and water had to be brought to the scene by several tanker trucks from neighboring departments. A man, woman, dog and cat were at the house when the fire erupted, but no one was hurt. Although the cause of the fire is undermined, Topsham Fire Chief Brian Bickford said he suspects it started in an ash bucket on the house's porch, and then spread inside to destroy "a good 75 percent" of the building. Route 196 was closed for several hours while firefighters extinguished the blaze. Firefighters from Topsham, Brunswick, Lisbon Falls, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, West Bath, Freeport and Durham responded. They had the fire under control at about 2 p.m. but were on the scene until about 4:30 p.m. with salvage and overhaul operations.

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