ELDERLY COUPLE ESCAPE HARRISON HOUSE FIRE

by Christian Mower on August 10, 2012

THE TOWN MANAGER OF HARRISON, MAINE SAYS AN ELDERLY COUPLE ESCAPED UNHURT FROM A FIRE AT THEIR RESIDENCE IN HARRISON EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.

BUD FINCH – WHO WAS AT THE SCENE – SAYS HARRISON FIRE AND RESCUE RESPONDED TO 101 TOWN FARM ROAD JUST AFTER 2:15 A.M. FRIDAY AFTER THE COUPLE WHO LIVED AT THE SITE – KNOWN LOCALLY AS THE OLD POTTER FARM –JANET AND ROBERT BOOLE – WOKE UP AFTER SMELLING SMOKE AND WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE AND CALL 911.

FINCH SAYS A LARGE BARN WAS FULLY ENGULFED WHEN RESPONDERS ARRIVED AND FIREFIGHTERS WORKED ON SAVING THE HOUSE. MANY OF THE ITEMS IN THE HOUSE WERE SAVED AND BROUGHT OUT SIDE.

FINCH SAYS A SECOND ALARM WAS SOUNDED, BRINGING HELP FROM MORE THAN A DOZEN DEPARTMENTS.

PACE AMBULANCE AND NAPLES EMS ALSO RESPONDED.

A LARGE AMOUNT OF SMOKE AND AN ORANGE GLOW COULD BE SEEN ON THE HARRISON RIDGE LINE FROM ACROSS LONG LAKE IN BRIDGTON.

MORE THAN 50 FIREFIGHTERS WERE AT THE SCENE AND SOME SHUTTLED WATER TO IT.

FINCH SAYS IT’S BELIEVED THE FIRE INITIALLY STARTED IN THE BARN AFTER A LIGHTNING STRIKE. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ROLLED THROUGH THE AREA JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT.

THE BARN WAS DESTROYED.