Quick-thinking officer helps put out Falmouth fire

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FALMOUTH — A home on Thornhurst Road had minimal fire damage Nov. 30, thanks to the action of the first police officer on the scene.

According to Fire Chief Howard Rice, the fire started in a clothes dryer. The home only received some smoke and soot damage, mostly in the laundry room. He said the fire, which started around 10:43 p.m., “could have been much worse and this was a close call.”

Rice said people in the home called the Fire Department. He said Police Officer Mat Yeaton arrived first and after confirming that everyone was out of the house, started to knock down the flames with the fire extinguisher from his vehicle.

Rice said he and another police officer arrived next and they joined in, too. Firefighters were then able to remove the dryer from the home and keep the fire from spreading to other parts of the house.

He said Foreside Road was closed for approximately an hour, and crews were clear of the scene by midnight. Portland, Cumberland, Yarmouth and Westbrook fire departments provided mutual aid coverage.

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