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Smoke & Fires

On March 17, seven units responded to a cooking fire on Whitcomb Ave., caused by someone boiling down maple syrup. The garage filled with smoke but the fire was confined to the container. Smoke was reported on Main St. on March 18, but was determined to be from an outside source. In the early hours of March 23, six units were called to a multiple car fire on Main St. that spread to a building. (See last week’s Police Log Digest for more details on this incident.) The following day, a structure fire was reported on Grove Ave., but it was determined to be smoke from a furnace problem, rather than a fire. On March 31, smoldering wood pellets in a stove caused a smoke issue on Country Club Road #2. One call was determined to be authorized controlled burning.

Gas & Electric

There was a report of the smell of propane on Pierce Ave. on March 26, but firefighters were unable to locate a leak. On March 21, a tree branch on power lines on Diamond Ln. caused the lines to touch and arc. A transformer issue on Main St. on March 25 was referred to Central Maine Power. There were five other calls for downed power lines during the period.


The Department received 112 calls for Emergency Medical Services during the period. 30 individuals received first aid, 57 were treated with basic life support and 41 received advanced life support. 92 people were transported to the hospital. Firefighter/EMTs also responded to one motor vehicle accident with injuries, and six without injuries. Invalids were assisted on six occasions.

Public Service

On March 18, the Department came to the aid of a person in a wheelchair stuck in the mud on Main St. Two calls were for assistance with home safety equipment.


Three calls were dispatched and cancelled en route. One call resulted in no incident found upon arrival. One municipal alarm and two local alarms were described as malicious false alarms. There were eight calls for smoke or other alarms that were either unintentional or the result of a malfunction. One call was logged as “good intent call, other.”

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