February 3

Maine woman succumbs to smoke inhalation

Rebecca Galleshaw was rescued from her burning home in Berwick on Friday.

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

BERWICK — A 63-year-old Berwick woman, who had to be rescued from her burning home by firefighters last Friday, died Sunday night at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the State Fire Marshal’s Office, said Rebecca Galleshaw passed away in Boston after being treated for severe smoke inhalation.

Firefighters responded to her First Street home around 8:30 a.m. Friday after neighbors reported smoke pouring out of the house. They found Galleshaw, who lived alone, unconscious in her bed. Firefighters performed CPR and got a pulse before transporting Galleshaw to a hospital in New Hamspshire.

Investigators have determined that the fire was caused by faulty electrical wires in the basement of Galleshaw’s home. The fire was confined to the basement but the rest of the home sustained heavy smoke damage.

McCausland said Galleshaw is the first fire death reported in Maine this year.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at OnlineSentinel.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)