September 7, 2013

Fire marshal investigates fire at empty Pittston home

By Susan McMillan
Staff Writer

PITTSTON -- The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire at an abandoned house at Webb Road and Route 126 on Friday.

Pittston Fire Chief Jason Farris said the fire, in which a firefighter was injured, was suspicious.

The fire was reported about 3:15 p.m., and firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke billowing out from under the eaves of the two-story house.

They extinguished flames on the stairs and cut holes in both gabled ends to reach flames that were in a small space under the roof. The firefighters had the blaze under control within 45 minutes, Farris said. While firefighters were on the second floor, a brick chimney collapsed on a firefighter from Whitefield. Farris said the man was able to walk away from the scene under his own power and was taken to the hospital. Firefighters from Chelsea, Dresden, Farmingdale, Gardiner, Hallowell, Randolph, West Gardiner and Whitefield assisted.

Susan McMillan -- 621-5645

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