January 25, 2013

Mount Vernon fire leaves family homeless Thursday evening

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON -- A family is homeless but uninjured after its Poplar Point home caught fire Thursday night.

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This home at 57 Poplar Point is still steaming this afternoon the day after it was destroyed by an overnight fire in Mount Vernon.

Staff photo by Joe Phelan

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Firefighters were at the scene, which is just off Bean Road, until about 5 a.m. Friday and returned when the flames rekindled in the afternoon.

Mount Vernon Fire Chief Dana Dunn said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but it did not appear to be suspicious. Dunn said the six or so occupants were home when the fire began but were able to escape.

"They lost everything," he said.

On Friday, the only things remaining were a concrete block chimney and a set of stairs leading to one charred corner. The rest of the building was gone.

Firefighters responded from seven mutual-aid communities to help fight the blaze in temperatures that hovered around zero. The home is owned by John Currier, according to Dunn.

"It was just freeze-ups we were having on some trucks. We rotated them by sending them back to the station to get them thawed out," Dunn said.

A home at 57 Poplar Point is owned by John A. and Christine M. Candage Currier, according to records at the Kennebec County Registry of Deeds.

Dunn said the home was occupied by several adults, including some people who had just moved to the state, and children.

Dunn said the residents were aided by relatives initially, and the American Red Cross has been called for assistance. When firefighters returned in daylight Friday, they were able salvage some photos for the family.

The family said the home was insured, according to Dunn.

An answering message on Currier's cellphone says he operates the business Gutter Git-R-Done from his home. However, he could not be reached Friday.

Betty Adams -- 621-5631
badams@centralmaine.com

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This home at 57 Poplar Point was still steaming at 1:03 p.m. on Friday after it was destroyed by an overnight fire in Mount Vernon.

Staff photo by Joe Phelan

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This home at 57 Poplar Point was still steaming at 1:01 p.m. on Friday, after it was destroyed by an overnight fire in Mount Vernon.

Staff photo by Joe Phelan

 


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