2016-09-19 / Front Page

Brunswick fire under investigation

BY DARCIE MOORE
Times Record Staff


A FIRE at this vacant Brunswick home damaged the rear of the structure. 
PHOTO COURTESY OF BRUNSWICK FIRE DEPARTMENT A FIRE at this vacant Brunswick home damaged the rear of the structure. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRUNSWICK FIRE DEPARTMENT BRUNSWICK

Brunswick fire and police departments are investigating a fire that broke out on the backside of a vacant home at 12 Bowdoin St. Friday night.

A neighbor, Steve Naculich, was sitting around a bonfire in his back yard with his wife Mary O’Brien when she said, “Look, there’s a big fire across the street!”

The entire back of the house was on fire and they called 911, and weren’t the only neighbors who reported the flames.

Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire on a street where the homes are very close together.

Naculich said the house was sold recently but the new owner hasn’t moved in. He said people have been living in the house while doing the renovations.

Brunswick Fire Chief Ken Brillant said the structure fire at the home was reported at 8:55 p.m. He called for all hands, bringing Freeport and Topsham crews to the scene and West Bath provided station coverage.

When crews arrived, the back end of the building was on fire, Brillant said. Firefighters attacked the fire from the exterior and went inside and extinguished flames in the attic.

The outside of the home is damaged and there was a small amount of interior damage, Brillant said. It was unknown if the house was covered by insurance.

Brillant said the home has a new owner and is being renovated. Friday night, he didn’t yet know who the owner is or the contractors doing the renovation.

Jackie Sartoris lives next door to the house with her husband and town councilor Steve Walker. She said they had complained to the town about the construction taking place next to them and subsequently, a building permit was issued. In the last week there had been a lot of burning taking place in the barbecue behind the house she said, adding she’d people outside near the barbecue earlier that evening.

Brillant said the majority of the fire was at the rear of the building where fire investigators believe the fire started, but the investigation is ongoing into the cause.

Friday night, he said the state fire marshal’s office was notified of the fire but is not involved at this point in the investigation.

Another neighbor at the scene, Sue O’Dell, thanked the police and fire departments for their fast response.

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