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The Sanford Fire Department responded to a few fires in the three-week period from November 7 through 27. On the afternoon of November 9, a report of a house fire on Home St. brought out all companies with mutual aid. Upon investigation, it turned out to be a small leaf fire caused by a cigarette. That same day, two other fires were reported which turned out to be improper burning due to people being unaware of the burning regulations. A third incident of improper burning was also called in during the period.

On November 12, two companies responded to a report of a burning car on Country Club Rd., however, the car was steaming, but not actually on fire. On November 17, a car on Sam Allen Rd. did catch fire. Fortunately, the vehicle was in the driveway away from the house, and no injuries were reported.

Late on Thanksgiving night, a fire in a cigarette receptacle on Pleasant St. brought Engine 1 to the scene. A chimney fire on Grammar Rd. was reported on November 27, but the fire was out when firefighters arrived. Later that night, a fire in the basement of a home on Pleasant St. brought all companies out with mutual aid. There were fortunately no injuries, but the house was significantly damaged. The report on that investigation is not yet complete.

Other incidents

Sanford firefighters were called to Kevin St. on November 11 for a smoking electrical outlet. The electrical problem was found and isolated. Four companies responded. On the 13th, an odor of propane at a store on Main St. brought out three companies plus one from Wells. On November 15, a propane leak in a garage on July St. was stopped and the tank moved outside.

Additionally, during the period firefighters responded to a report of a downed power line, a call for arcing or shorted electrical equipment, a water or steam leak, a water evacuation and a report of a smell of smoke.

Public Assistance

On November 16, SFD personnel assisted a confused person walking away from a Main St. residence. On another occasion, the Department was called out to remove a person from a stalled elevator. There are two additional reports of public assistance provided, no details given.


Emergency medical services were provided to 186 people during the three-week period. 42 were given first aid, 107 received basic life support and 55 received advanced life support. 158 were transported to the hospital. The department responded to six motor vehicle accidents with injuries, and nine without injuries. Twelve invalids were assisted.


There were two calls dispatched and cancelled en route. On three occasions, no incident was found on arrival. One day, the Department was called to North Berwick to cover while their Department was busy on a lengthy call. There were ten smoke detector or alarm activations either accidental or due to malfunctioning equipment. Another false alarm was described as malicious.

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