February 7

Madison home damaged, but teenager saves family pets in Friday morning fire

The damage from wood stove fire could have been worse if teenager hadn’t responded quickly, fire officials say.

By Rachel Ohm rohm@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

MADISON — A teenage girl saved her family’s home and five pets by reporting a fire that broke out from a wood stove Friday morning.

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fire scene: Firefighters respond to a house fire Friday at 237 Shusta Road in Madison.

Staff photo by Rachel Ohm

“It was an awful good call. If she had waited five minutes more that fire would have spread through the house,” said Deputy Fire Chief Don French of the Madison Fire Department.

The two-story wood frame house at 237 Shusta Road belongs to George and Mary Currie, who were not home at the time. Their daughter, Alex Currie, called her mother at work Friday morning around 11 a.m. when she noticed a strange smell and saw flames coming from the stove, said her mother.

“I’m really glad she called me,” Mary Currie said. “I’m thankful everyone is OK and that she was able to get out safely.”

No one was injured in the fire and Alex got the family’s two dogs and three cats out of the house, said her mother.

The fire originated from a wood stove and the fire department is investigating the cause, said French. The flames spread quickly from the first floor, where the stove is located, through the ceiling and prompted a response from three area fire departments, including the Anson and Skowhegan departments.

The damage to the house is mostly confined to the inside and it should be salvageable, said French. The family does have insurance, said Currie.

“It’s not as bad as it could be. I’m thankful everyone is safe,” said Mary Currie.

Rachel Ohm— 612-2368rohm@centralmaine.com

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