December 27, 2013

Disabled man pulled from burning home off China Lake

Homeowner says he has been without power since Monday and believes candles may have started the blaze.

By Jesse Scardina jscardina@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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FIRE RESPONSE: Crews respond to a fire at Fire Road 14 in China Friday morning. Homeowner Neil Farrington saved his disabled brother-in-law from the blaze, but the home was a loss.

Staff photo by Jesse Scardina

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HOMEOWNER: Neil Farrington watches crews battle the fire at his house at Fire Road 14 Friday morning.

Staff photo by Jesse Scardina

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Grimes said Friday afternoon the scene was still hot.

“I’m not sure if we’ll be able to get in there and examine it before dark today,” he said. “Besides conducting a couple interviews, we haven’t started with the work on the scene yet.”

Farrington’s home is about a quarter-mile off Neck Road and about a half-mile from China Neck Cemetery, near the end of a long, windy road covered in snow and ice.

At the entrance of Fire Road 14, tree limbs covered in ice leaned over the road and were sawed off for emergency vehicles to make it through. The China Public Works Dept. was called in to sand the road so emergency vehicles could make it safely to the home.

“We’re very pleased it’s not a sub-zero temperatures day,” Labbe said. “The firefighting conditions were fairly moderate for this time of year.”

While Farrington managed to get Folsom out with some help, his three dogs — a labradoodle named Murphy, a mini-poodle named Olivia and a schnauzer mix named Lanie — died in the fire. Farrington saw his cat, covered in soot, escape the house, but he hasn’t seen him since.

Farrington and his wife, who have lived there since 1995, have four teenage daughters, who they adopted, and are foster parents for one of the girls’ 11-year-old brother. The children and Farrington’s wife were on a post-Christmas vacation in North Conway, N.H., when the fire occurred, he said.

Farrington hadn’t thought about where he and his family will stay, saying that he has plenty of neighbors and friends in the area who will help them.

Farrington’s thoughts, however, remained inside his former home.

“It’s just unfortunate about the pets,” he said. “Between them and all the Christmas gifts that no one got to try on, the holiday season went up in flames.”

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FIRE RESPONSE: Crews respond to a fire at Fire Road 14 in China Friday morning. Homeowner Neil Farrington saved his disabled brother-in-law from the blaze, but the home was a loss.

Staff photo by Jesse Scardina

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LIFEFLIGHT: Gerald Folsom is loaded onto a Lifeflight helicopter after suffering smoke inhalation Friday morning from a fire at Fire Road 14 in China.

Staff photo by Jesse Scardina

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FIRE RESPONSE: Crews respond to a fire at Fire Road 14 in China Friday morning. Homeowner Neil Farrington saved his disabled brother-in-law from the blaze, but the home was a loss.

Staff photo by Jesse Scardina

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FIRE RESPONSE: Crews respond to a fire at Fire Road 14 in China Friday morning. Homeowner Neil Farrington saved his disabled brother-in-law from the blaze, but the home was a loss.

Staff photo by Jesse Scardina

  


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