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Bangor Fire First Alarm Responses & Still Alarms
Grass/ Brush Fire - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue
Vehicle Fire - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue
Fire Alarms - 2 Engines, 1 Ladder, 2 Rescues, Fire Comm 1
Fire in Building - 2 Engines, 1 Ladder, 2 Rescues, Fire Comm 1
Vehicle Accident - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue - *Heavy Rescue Spec Call
EMS - 1 Rescue (Engine if Warranted by EMD)
Dumpster Fire - 1 Engine
Carbon Monoxide - 1 Engine
Chimney Fire - 2 Engines, 1 Ladder, 2 Rescues, Fire Comm 1
Water Related - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue, 1 boat, Heavy Rescue
Technical Rescue - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue, Heavy Rescue
Haz - Mat  - 2 Engines, 2 Rescues, 1 Ladder, Fire Comm 1, Orono FD Haz Mat Team (as needed)
Aircraft Emergency at BIA - minimum of 1 engine, 1 rescue, 1 tanker.
(more as size of aircraft requires) (may add 2 additional engines, 1- ladder, 2 additional rescues, Fire Comm 1,  Heavy Rescue, Second Ladder Command Truck in case of crash)
* This is determined by ANG Crash Rescue *
Mutual Aid - as requested
**Tank 6 Responses - All fires outside of city hydrants and mutual aid.
Alarms Above the
First Alarm
All Hands - One additonal Engine, One additional Rescue to scene
(** ANG tanker & Glenburn tanker to scene) Brewer Engine and OronoEngine to cover Central, Hire Back Chief Officer
Second Alarm - Brewer Engine & Orono Engine to scene,
(** Hermon & Hampden tankers to scene) Hermon Engine to cover Central, Veazie Engine to cover Station 5, Bangor Recall for 1 officer and 3 ffers to man Engine 2.
Third Alarm - Hermon Engine & Veazie Engine to Scene, Engine 2 cover central, Hampden Engine to cover Central.
Fourth Alarm - Engine 2 and Hampden Engine to scene, Old Town Engine to Cover Central, Glenburn Engine to cover Station 6
** = Tanker responses outside the hydrant district.
Addition Ladders and other equipment are by special call.
*All initial alarms may have other equipment added as needed for special circumstances *

Never Forget

On the Job
Jan 13, 2016
Members responded to a 2 vehicle crash on outer Hammond Street Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 around 12:30 hrs.
Apr 14, 2015
Fire crews from Hermon and several surrounding towns converged at 55 Treadwell Acres on Monday night to battle a fire that leveled a garage and heavily damaged a two-story home. Homeowners Jody and Sherry Theberge and their teenage son were at home when the fire began shortly before 9 p.m. All three made it out safely, Jody Theberge said.
Apr 14, 2015
BREWER, Maine — A blaze at a four-unit apartment building on South Main Street temporarily closed the main roadway through the southern part of the city and emergency dispatchers are telling people to avoid the area. The fire was reported just after midnight at 449 South Main St.
Feb 19, 2015
BANGOR, Maine — A firefighter was injured Wednesday morning while fire crews battled a blaze at John Bapst Memorial High School caused by a maintenance worker using a torch to melt ice on the roof of the iconic building on Broadway.
Feb 13, 2015

The Bangor Fire Department is proud to announce the following promotions:

  • Captain Matt Costello to Assistant Chief
  • Captain Dennis Nadeau to Assistant Chief
  • Lieutenant Chuck Rodway to Captain
  • Lieutenant Brian Higg to Captain
  • Firefighter Andy Emery to Lieutenant
  • Firefighter Phil Hamm to Lieutenant
  • Firefighter Eric Pelletier to Lieutenant
  • Firefighter Joe Wellman to Lieutenant
  • Firefighter Scott Bolduc to Lieutenant

Nov 28, 2014

Driver rescued with jaws of life, charged with OUI after flipping car near Bangor Mall

By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man was charged with operating under the influence after he was rescued from his overturned car early Thanksgiving morning.

Paul Aucoin, 32, was driving on Bangor Mall Boulevard after leaving a nearby restaurant around 12:45 a.m. Thursday, as heavy, wet snow fell during the year’s second major storm event, according the Bangor Police Department officials.

Complete information about the accident was unavailable Thursday afternoon, but Sgt. Larry Webber said Aucoin took a bad turn and struck a coping stone, which caused his 2013 Subaru to turn onto its side.

The vehicle was so badly damaged that rescuers from Bangor Fire Department needed to use the jaws of life to pry the car open and extricate Aucoin. The driver was sent to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Webber said.

Webber said police suspected drugs, alcohol or both contributed to the accident.

The incident was the only serious motor vehicle accident to occur in Bangor during the overnight storm, Webber said.

Oct 04, 2014

Woman injured in rollover accident on I-395 exit in Bangor

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A woman was injured Friday afternoon when she lost control of her van on an Interstate 395 ramp, according to police.

The woman, whose name was not immediately available, was believed to be in her mid-60s, State Police Trooper Forrest Simpson said at the scene.

The crash occurred around 2 p.m.

Simpson said the woman was exiting the eastbound lanes of I-395 at the Farm Road ramp when she failed to negotiate a corner, lost control and hit a tree.

The van rolled over onto the passenger side.

Simpson said the vehicle’s air bags deployed and the woman was wearing her safety belt, which likely prevented serious injury.

The trooper said the woman’s injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening, and she was taken from the scene by ambulance to an area hospital, though Simpson was not sure where the driver was being transported.

In addition to state police, Bangor fire and rescue responded to the accident. The Exit 3A ramp was closed for a short period of time while crews cleaned the scene up but has since reopened.

Jun 09, 2014
Several people were displaced from their apartments Monday morning as fire ripped through a 12-unit building at the Deerfield apartment complex on Ohio Street. The blaze, which was reported by a passing motorist shortly before 8 a.m., drew firefighters from three communities to the complex near the intersection of Ohio Street and Griffin Road.
Mar 19, 2014
CARMEL, Maine — A two-and-a-half story house that contained multiple apartment units in Carmel was leveled by fire on Tuesday. Among the residents that had their units destroyed were the daughter and granddaughter of Wayne Elston, who lives about four miles from the scene in the center of town where Routes 2, 100 and 69 intersect.
Mar 04, 2014
Officials investigating cause of Old Town apartment fire By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff OLD TOWN, Maine — Officials are working to determine a cause of a fire that sent crews from four communities to a Chapman Street apartment building Sunday night. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene around 10 p.m. Sunday, Old Town Fire Chief Steve O’Malley said.
Feb 02, 2014

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A pickup truck was destroyed by fire in a fast-food restaurant parking lot Friday, officials said.

The driver, who Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Rick Cheverie did not identify, was heading through the drive-thru window at Wendy’s on Union Street when she saw smoke coming out from under her dashboard.

The driver wisely pulled the truck into a parking space and called 911, Cheverie said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene shortly before 11:30 a.m., and arrived to find the truck engulfed in flames.

Cheverie said the blaze was contained in about five minutes. He said a mechanical failure is likely to blame for the fire.

No other vehicles were ever in any danger and the driver was not injured, Cheverie said. The truck was totaled.

Feb 02, 2014
BANGOR, Maine — A Milford man who apparently jumped into the Kenduskeag Stream from a pedestrian footbridge on Friday night was pulled from the top of the ice by firefighters, Bangor police Sgt. Cathy Rumsey said Saturday. “The ice is pretty thick,” the sergeant said. Firefighters were called to the downtown footbridge at about 8:30 p.m.
Jan 25, 2014
BANGOR, Maine — A natural gas leak caused quite a stench along Maine Avenue for about an hour on Friday morning. Bangor firefighters were dispatched to a compressed natural gas station on Maine Avenue after a pressure relief valve leaked shortly before 8 a.m., Fire Chief Scott Lucas said at the scene.
Jan 04, 2014

Burst pipe shuts down Central Street business in Bangor

Posted Jan. 04, 2014, at 1:10 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A burst water pipe in a downtown business briefly shut down Central Street on Saturday morning, according to the fire department.

The Rock & Art Shop, located at 36 Central St., closed for the day, according to information on its Facebook page.

The Bangor Fire Department was called about 10:10 a.m. to the buildings owned by WBRC Architects and Engineers at 36-44 Central St., according to Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Cyr.

Firefighters found a burst pipe on the second floor that was causing water to flow downstairs into the Rock & Art Shop. Cyr said the pipe was on an outside wall of WBRC’s offices. It most likely froze and burst due to the frigid temperatures.

In addition to damaging merchandise in the shop, it soaked a rug in the offices.

Firefighters were on the scene for less than hour, Cyr said.

Damage estimates were not available Saturday.

With the cold weather, the Bangor Firefighters have been responding to many broken pipe calls. Earlier in the week members responded to a local Hannaford store for a broken sprinkler pipe as well.

Jan 04, 2014
BANGOR, Maine — A faulty furnace was likely the main culprit in a fire that gutted a trailer at a local mobile home park on Thursday afternoon. Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Tom Higgins said crews were dispatched to Lot 13 at Pray’s Mobile Home Park off Finson Road shortly after noon.
Dec 31, 2013
HAMPDEN, Maine — Firefighters from Hampden, Hermon and Bangor stifled an electrical fire that sparked in the walls of a petroleum equipment company, Hampden Fire Lt. Dan Pugsley said Tuesday afternoon. Emergency crews, including five fire trucks and three ambulances, were dispatched to John W. Kennedy Co. in the Hampden Business and Commerce Park shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Dec 18, 2013
BANGOR, Maine — A vacant house at the corner of Union and Pond streets was gutted by fire early Wednesday morning. The blaze at 324 Union St. broke out shortly after midnight, Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Tom Higgins said at the scene.
Dec 13, 2013
By: Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff Posted Dec. 13, 2013, at 11:02 a.m.  Last modified Dec. 13, 2013, at 12:33 p.m. OLD TOWN, Maine — A fire heavily damaged an apartment inside a four-unit building on Main Street on Friday morning. Old Town fire Chief Steve O’Malley said at the scene crews were dispatched to 881 Main St. shortly after 10 a.m.
Dec 03, 2013
Fire broke out in a machine shop in Hermon Tuesday morning. Crews were called to Pine Tree Machine on the Pine Tree Road around 7 a.m. The shop is located near the Hermon and Levant town line. We’re told the owner of the business was not there at the time.
Oct 03, 2013

Nineteen firefighters died on the Yarnell Hill Fire in central Arizona on June 30, 2013. They were members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC), hosted by the Prescott Fire Department. The State of Arizona convened a Serious Accident Investigation Team. A delegation of authority letter, signed by the State Forester on July 3, 2013, charged the Team with reviewing and reporting on the circumstances leading to entrapment of the Granite Mountain IHC.

Here is their report:

Yarnell Hill Fire; Serious Accident Investigation Report; 9/23/2013

Sep 28, 2013
BANGOR, Maine — A fire that gutted a garage on Hancock Street and melted siding and broke windows on three nearby apartment buildings Friday afternoon is under investigation by the Bangor Fire Department, the Bangor Police Department and the state fire marshal’s office. Brian Feulner | BDN
Sep 24, 2013
Dawn Gagnon | BDN A Carmel woman was injured late Monday afternoon after she lost control of her silver sedan while trying to avoid a collision with a green car that cut into her path on Interstate 95.
Aug 29, 2013

Train, dump truck collide at Hampden RR crossing

Members of B Crew responded with Engine 1, Heavy Rescue 1, Rescue 1 and Fire Comm 1 to Rt 9 in Hampden for mutual aid. The call was for a train vs dump truck mva.

The patient was extricated and transported to the hospital by Lifeflight. Condition of the driver is unknown

Jul 08, 2013

Several homeless, one hospitalized after Hammond Street apartment building fire

Bangor firefighters respond to a blaze at 378-380 Hammond St. early Monday morning.

Photos courtesy Cindy Michaels
Bangor firefighters respond to a blaze at 378-380 Hammond St. early Monday morning.
Bangor firefighters respond to a blaze at 378-380 Hammond St. early Monday morning. Bangor firefighters respond to a blaze at 378-380 Hammond St. early Monday morning.
Photos courtesy Cindy Michaels

BANGOR, Maine — Firefighters responded to an early-morning fire on Hammond Street on Monday.

The building at 378-380 Hammond Street has 10 units, Assistant Chief Anthony Riitano said, and seven were occupied. Everyone in the duplex-style building was displaced, he said.

Capt. John Prentiss of the fire department said the Red Cross is providing the occupants with temporary living accommodations.

One man was still in his apartment when firefighters arrived, Riitano said. While the man was able to walk out, he was sent to a hospital as a precaution for smoke inhalation.

Riitano said the state fire marshal’s office determined the fire started due to a refrigerator malfunction.

Riitano said there was “extensive damage” in the apartment where the fire started, as well as fire and smoke damage to other units. He said the building will be empty until a code enforcement officer deems it habitable.

Prentiss said Brewer firefighters were initially called to the scene per the cities’ mutual aid agreement, but were then called to provide station coverage.

Prentiss said the Bangor Fire Department received the fire call at 3:41 a.m. By 7:30, the fire was extinguished and building turned over to its owner.

The building is near where Hammond St. intersects with Seventh Street.

Jun 07, 2013
Congratulations to the members of Bangor Fire Department of Engine Company 1. Yesterday June 6, 2013. While at Eastern Maine Medical Center on another EMS run, a woman went into labor in the parking lot near the Emergency Department ambulance entrance. Fire Lt David Dow went to the aid of the woman, recognizing that delivery was imminent. Lt Dow, and the members of Engine 1 and Rescue 1 delivered the baby boy in the woman's car. Staff from the ER assisted in the efforts and brought mom and baby boy to the 7th floor. Our rescues and engine companies assist incoming patients often, and this time was something special. Perhaps as stork for the Engine is in order? Good Work!
Apr 18, 2013

Bangor house under renovation damaged by fire

BANGOR, Maine — A house on the corner of Jefferson and Norfolk streets that was in the process of being renovated was damaged by fire early Thursday.

Bangor fire Capt. Dennis Nadeau said crews were dispatched to the scene shortly after midnight. Nobody is currently living in the two-and-a-half story house.

Smoke was pouring out of all three levels of the house when firefighters arrived, Nadeau said. The fire was mainly contained to the first and second floors, but firefighters had to react quickly to keep it from spreading.

“It was extending up chimneys to the second floor and we had to do quite an overhaul to make sure the fire didn’t spread to the third,” Nadeau said.

The blaze was under control in about an hour, Nadeau said. Crews from Bangor, Brewer, Hampden and Holden combined to put it out.

Nadeau said the first floor sustained significant fire damage while the second floor had heavy water damage, but the home was not demolished, he said.

Bangor fire officials and the state fire marshal’s office are working to figure out a cause, Nadeau said.

Mar 04, 2013
  Vehicle hits gas pump at Bangor Circle K on Broadway BANGOR, Maine — Someone driving on Broadway went off the road and hit a gas pump at the Circle K convenience store, located near Interstate 95, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday. The crash was reported at 8:33 a.m., the sergeant said.
Feb 25, 2013
  Charges expected after 3-vehicle accident in Bangor sends 3 to hospital By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — Police expect charges to be filed after they finish investigating a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Mount Hope Avenue and Hogan Road late Friday morning. “Bangor fire and rescue was already on scene when we arrived after the 11:24 a.m.
Feb 13, 2013
  Kenduskeag Avenue home damaged by fire   By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — Firefighters responded quickly to a house fire on Kenduskeag Avenue on Wednesday and were able to bring the blaze under control in less than an hour. The fire in the two-story house at 256 Kenduskeag Ave. was reported at 11:24 a.m., according to Assistant Chief Rick Cheverie.
Jan 27, 2013
Stubborn electrical fire damages Old Town home By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff OLD TOWN, Maine — Aging wiring appears to be the cause of a stubborn fire Saturday night that heavily damaged the roof of a Bennoch Road home. The fire began shortly after 9:30 p.m., Old Town Fire Chief Steve O’Malley said.
Jan 24, 2013
Man Hospitalized After Bangor Fire by WABI-TV5 News Desk Bangor - Fire broke out at a house in downtown Bangor Thursday morning. Court street was closed while fire fighters battled the flames and cold temperatures. It was a harrowing few minutes for the owner of the home.
Dec 24, 2012
Police identify 2 men found dead after Orono house fire By Alex Barber, BDN Staff   ORONO, Maine — An early morning fire claimed the lives of two brothers on Sunday.
Dec 21, 2012
Woman clutches pet rabbit as she watches Third Street home burn By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — James and Wendy Shea had just five payments left on the mortgage of their house at 108 Third St. when the second floor and attic were gutted by fire Thursday afternoon. It was the second fire on Third Street in less than 16 hours.
Dec 20, 2012
Fire displaces tenants at Third Street apartment building By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff   BANGOR, Maine — An apartment building at 62 Third St. was heavily damaged by fire early Thursday morning, according to the Bangor Fire Department. Assistant Chief Rick Cheverie said crews were dispatched to the five-unit, three-story building just after midnight.
Oct 15, 2012

October is Fire Prention time. Below are some photos from visits with the kids.




Jul 17, 2012

Bicyclist sent to the hospital after accident with car in Bangor


Jun 11, 2012
Bangor woman, 68, died in 3-vehicle crash on Broadway, police say By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — A 72-year-old Bangor man was heading north on Broadway about 6 p.m. Sunday when the minivan he was driving struck one car and then smashed head-on into another vehicle, killing his wife, who was his passenger, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.
Apr 25, 2012

 BANGOR, Maine — Bangor firefighters and police officers coxed a dog to shore after he had fallen into the Kenduskeag Stream on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Bangor Fire Dept. Lt. Joseph Doucet, Toro, who wore a Texas dog tag, fell into Kenduskeag Stream near Bagel Central around 2:30 pm while being pursued by his owner.

The current then took Toro downstream near the Kenduskeag Stream pump station off Washington Street where he swam to shore.

Lt. Doucet said the dog was a bit shaken.

After the dog was wrapped in a blanket to warm up, he was helped into Bangor Police patrol officer Jamie Fanning’s cruiser.

While driving the dog to the Bangor Humane Society, Officer Fanning encountered an unidentified motorist who took Toro into their car behind the Pickering Square Parking Garage and then drove off.

Apr 02, 2012
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff   BANGOR, Maine — Cigarette butts improperly discarded outside a Fourth Street apartment building were cited as the apparent cause of a fire Monday afternoon that forced nearly a dozen tenants who were home at the time to evacuate temporarily.
Feb 21, 2012
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff   BANGOR, Maine — A cat with a penchant for climbing a tree near the intersection of Garland and Grove streets over the past several days has drawn a lot of attention from passers-by and prompted Bangor firefighters to ask that residents call someone else.
Feb 10, 2012
Firefighters extinguish blaze, save 6 animals on Market Street in Bangor By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — Fire crews quickly knocked down a Market Street apartment fire Friday afternoon and rescued four cats and two rabbits from the building.
Dec 31, 2011

Smoke reported on U.S. Airways flight that had to land at BIA

BANGOR, Maine — A U.S. Airways flight headed from Bangor International Airport to Philadephia on Friday morning had to head back to BIA shortly after takeoff because of smoke detected in the airplane, according to airport officials.

Assistant Airport Director Tony Caruso said Flight 3101, which carried 77 passengers and four crew members, was forced back to the runway after “there was an indication of smoke in the rear lavatory.”

Bangor firefighters met the aircraft as it landed at 7:32 a.m., and after everything proved to be in order, the plane departed for Philadelphia at 8:48 a.m., according to Caruso.

No passengers or crew members were injured.

Sep 20, 2011
Moosehead Boulevard fire displaces 20 people at apartment complex By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — What started as a typical Tuesday morning for Mike Watson and Katrina Sibley was turned upside down when a neighbor started banging on the door of their unit at a Moosehead Boulevard apartment complex.
Jul 24, 2011

Fire Nearly Destroys Home

Bangor - A fire in Bangor Saturday night nearly destroyed a family's a home. Fire officials were called to Rogers Street in Bangor around eight o'clock.

They say a malfunctioning light sparked a blaze in the home's laundry room. It spread to the kitchen, but officials say their quick response was what saved the house.

Fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze in fifteen minutes. The family wasn't home at the time, and no one was injured.

Jul 05, 2011

Truck Roll over in Brewer

Heavy Rescue 1 responded mutual aid to Brewer for a serious accident that involved a pick-up truck roll over.

Members were called for additional extrication tools as well as stabilization equipment.

The accident occured on the I-395 East Bound off-ramp. The ramp is emaining closed. On-site construction crews assisted the members using heavy equipment. 2 victims were transported to local hospitals. We will post updates as we get them.

Jul 01, 2011
Bangor firefighter injured at Center Street fire By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Fire Department crews were busy late Friday and early Saturday when they were called to two fires, one that resulted in an injured firefighter. “He was struck by a board that fell from the roof,” Assistant Chief Scott Bostock said Saturday morning.
Jun 23, 2011

Bangor boy struck by car, suffers broken leg


BANGOR, Maine — A 7-year-old boy suffered a broken leg Wednesday when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on Buck Street.

The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, Bangor police Lt. Jeff Millard said, citing an accident report.

According to Millard, the accident happened about 2:30 p.m. when the boy rode his bicycle across the street to get to an ice cream truck that was parked on the opposite side.

As he was doing so, he rode into the path of a Buick sedan driven by Rachel Clark, 17, of Bangor, Millard said. Skid marks at the accident scene indicated that Clark attempted to stop but was unable to avoid a collision, he said.

No charges are pending in connection with the accident, Millard said.

Jun 15, 2011

State police respond quickly to car crash after driver has seizure


HERMON, Maine — Maine State Police Detectives Brian Strout and Jennifer Fiske were in the right place at the right time.They had just left a local business Tuesday afternoon and were on Interstate 95 heading north when they witnessed a car drift off the road and hit a tree just before reaching the Coldbrook Road exit, Trooper Doug Franklin said.

“They stopped to check on her and she was just coming out of her seizure,” he said.Penobscot resident Rebecca Brady, 19, “appeared to have a seizure and drifted off the road, the right side of the highway” just before 1 p.m., Franklin said. “She wasn’t speeding or anything. She struck a tree and it caused the vehicle to roll on its side.”Rescue crews had to cut Brady from her vehicle, and she was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center.“She had a bump on her head but she was awake and didn’t appear to be badly injured,” Franklin said.

One lane of the highway was closed to vehicle traffic for a short time while rescue workers loaded Brady into the ambulance.The quick response by the two State Police detectives helped emergency responders get to the scene quickly and was greatly appreciated, Franklin said.


Jun 02, 2011

May 30, 2011

Woman’s body found in Kenduskeag Stream


May 28, 2011
Police investigate suspicious letter at Sen. Snowe’s Bangor office By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — A letter that was flagged as suspicious and potentially dangerous Friday afternoon at U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe’s Bangor field office turned out to be harmless, according to Bangor Fire Department Lt. Kevin Bland.
May 22, 2011
Kitchen fire damages one-story house in Brewer By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff   BREWER, Maine — A fire that appears to have begun in the kitchen left a one-story home on Park Avenue West with significant damage Sunday afternoon.Units from the Brewer, Bangor, Holden and Orrington fire departments responded to the fire or covered for Brewer.
May 14, 2011
  Woman burned in Bangor fire   By BDN staff reports   BANGOR, Maine — An elderly woman was taken to the hospital on Friday afternoon in connection with a fire on Outer Broadway, according to a press release from the Bangor Police Department. According to Sgt. Paul Edwards, the Bangor Police Department received a call regarding a fire at about 4 p.m.
May 06, 2011

Man dead in fire at Winterport church


By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

 WINTERPORT, Maine — Firefighters responding to reports of smoke coming from the Calvary Apostolic Church on Thursday morning made a grim discovery — the charred body of an adult male just outside the building.

The unidentified man apparently had tried to escape from the still-burning structure by jumping out a window, officials said.
A car registered to a young man who recently began attending the church was found in the parking lot and he has not been located, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. The body will undergo an autopsy on Friday at the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta to determine whether it is indeed the missing man.
As firefighters continued to douse flames early Thursday afternoon, Winterport Fire Chief Thomas Doe said the fire’s cause and origin were unknown.
Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office responded within two hours and spent most of the day sorting through the remnants of the church.
Only two walls of the church remained standing late Thursday and they are scheduled to be demolished on Friday when fire marshal investigators return to the scene, McCausland said.
Doe said there was nothing to indicate that the fire was suspicious, but he also said the damage may end up being too extensive to answer some of the investigators’ questions.
The fire started inside the church, on U.S. Route 1A just north of Winterport Village, at about 10 a.m., Doe said. A couple driving by saw smoke coming from the building and called officials.
When the first crews arrived on the scene, Doe said they saw only light smoke. When they approached the front door of the building, though, they saw much darker smoke and orange flames peeking through.
“We elected not to enter,” the chief said. Before long, the expansive roof collapsed and firefighters focused on containing the flames rather than saving the structure.
By 11 a.m., numerous witnesses and members of the church had gathered. The heat from the fire could be felt from the street. Many wore looks of concern. Few wanted to talk about what had happened.
In addition to Winterport, firefighters responded from neighboring communities as far away as Bangor and Stockton Springs. Thick black smoke mixed with fog through the late morning and early afternoon hours and slowed traffic along busy Route 1A.

May 04, 2011

BIA plans mock mass disaster Saturday

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
BANGOR, Maine — A military transport carrying civilians will crash and burn Saturday morning in a mock exercise to see how emergency responders in the area handle a full-scale mass casualty incident.
“We’ll start with an in-flight emergency, probably hydraulic failure or something like that,” Assistant Bangor Fire Chief Vance Tripp, a coordinator of the exercise, said Tuesday.
Then the plane will “crash” at the end of Bangor International Airport near the Ground Round at around 8:30 a.m., where an old L-1011 airliner fuselage will be set ablaze.
“The fire will indicate the crash,” Vance said. “At that point, we are going to put the fire out with the equipment that would normally do that.”
Saturday’s disaster exercise drill is held every three years and is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration to test emergency response procedures at BIA, Risteen H. Masters Bahr,  BIA’s marketing manager, said last week in an email.
The drill will put into motion the airport’s disaster plan, which draws on area firefighters, ambulance crews, police and other law enforcement, as well as military personnel from the Maine Air National Guard and others, Tom Robertson, director of the Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency, said Tuesday.
Residents are being given advance warning of the exercise so they know not to call 911, Tripp said. The exercise is an opportunity to demonstrate the ability of participating agencies to command and control a mass disaster, he said.
Once the real fire is out, emergency crews from all over the region will tend to the walking wounded, who each will have a “scenario to play out,” Tripp said.
Fifty or 60 of the 100 or so “injured” are volunteers from the Penobscot Job Corps, Robertson said.
“The casualties will be on the ground moaning and groaning,” he said.
Seven area ambulances will take the injured to area hospitals, he said. Eastern Maine Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Acadia, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center and Penobscot Community Health Care are participating.
The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross will set up a family center in the transit lounge in the terminal at BIA for “family members who witnessed the disaster,” Tripp said.
The entire exercise is scheduled to end just after noon.
“The main thing is getting the numerous agencies involved to play together,” Tripp said. “It makes them a little closer-knit and you can get more accomplished” if there ever is a real mass-casualty emergency.
“It’s a good opportunity for training,” Tripp said. “It tests everybody’s systems.”

Apr 18, 2011
Fuel truck accident snarls traffic on I-395 in Bangor By Jamison Cocklin and Eric Russell,BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — An 18-wheeler hauling 6,000 gallons of diesel fuel rolled over Friday afternoon and crashed through a guardrail on the Interstate 395 offramp to U.S. Route 202, forcing the ramp to close and prompting a cleanup effort expected to last into Saturday.
Apr 18, 2011

Motorcyclist injured in collision with truck on Broadway

By Jamison Cocklin, Special to the BDN

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center on Friday after the motorcycle he was driving collided with another vehicle on Broadway, according to police.

Bangor police Sgt. Larry Weber said Jason Wagner, 20, crashed his 2008 Kawasaki into a truck being driven by Robert Watson, 56, of Hermon. Watson was not injured, according to Weber.
The incident occurred when Wagner allegedly failed to realize that the 2008 GMC pickup truck Watson was driving was making a left turn onto Earl Drive from Broadway.
Weber said the truck was moving very slowly through the turn and the driver did not notice Wagner on the motorcycle, which hit the turning vehicle’s passenger side.
According to Lt. Robert Bilotta of the Bangor Fire Department, paramedics from Capital Ambulance Service tended to Wagner in the street where he fell off the bike after the accident.  Bilotta said Wagner’s injuries were not life-threatening.
The accident occurred in a 25 mph zone and speed was not considered a factor in the crash, according to Weber. Police are expected to reconstruct the accident in order to determine the cause.
Bilotta said the truck had only minor “dents and dings,” but the motorcycle Wagner was driving had “extensive damage.” Officials did not have estimates on the damage.
“Motorcycles don’t fare too well against larger vehicles in any crash, no matter what,” Bilotta said.
Reports on the incident indicated that traffic was largely unaffected, according to Weber.

Mar 02, 2011

Fire at Bangor Apartment Building

Bangor - Tenants at a Bangor apartment complex were evacuated Early Wednesday morning after fire broke out in one of the units.

Local fire fighters were called to Sunset Meadows on Sunset Avenue around 1:15 a.m.

Bangor Assistant Chief Vance Tripp says the fire was contained to just one apartment, but when they arrived, flames were shooting out the front windows of that unit.

Tripp tells TV 5 two people were sleeping in the downstairs area. They, along with the other residents in the building were able to get out safely with the help of Bangor Police.

Bangor fire fighters were able to knock down the fire quickly and the damage was contained to the one unit.

There has been no word yet on a cause.

Engine 1 first on-scene reported heavy smoke and fire showing from first floor windows

Feb 09, 2011
Empire Beauty School Evacuated, 12 Taken to Hospital by Carolyn Callahan - February 9th 2011 03:14pm Bangor - For the second time in three months, students at a Bangor beauty school have been taken to the hospital because of a carbon monoxide scare.
Jan 26, 2011
Propane torch explodes, causes fire in Bangor By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff     BANGOR, Maine — A tenant using a propane torch to defrost frozen water pipes Monday evening is lucky to be alive after the device exploded and caught the Center Street home where he lives on fire, Bangor fire Assistant Chief Vance Tripp said Tuesday.
Jan 12, 2011
  Working Fire on Outer Hammond Street This afternoon, January 6th, Central and Station 6 responded to a single story garage type, commercial structure with reported fire in the ceiling. Rescue 1 arrived on scene first reporting visible smoke conditions from the exterior of the building.
Dec 31, 2010
Fire in Bangor Apartment Building by WABI-TV5 News Desk Bangor - For the second time in two weeks, an apartment house has caught fire in downtown Bangor. Friday morning's call for help came in just before 4am. The two-story apartment building is located on Highland Avenue. Residents were inside at the time, everyone managed to get out safely.
Dec 21, 2010
  Fire engulfs house, barn in Bangor   By Christopher Cousins BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Assistant Fire Chief A.C. Bostock expected crews to spend most of Monday night at the scene of a powerful fire at the end of Pushaw Road Extension. Bostock said a two-story home and attached barn were fully engulfed in flames when first crews arrived at the scene about 7 p.
Dec 20, 2010
  Residents describe escape from apartment house fire in Bangor By Nok-Noi Ricker BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — Someone yelling, “Call 911! Call 911!” early Monday morning woke Amy Littlefield and Bill Watson from their slumber, and within minutes a fast-moving fire engulfed their second-floor apartment on Center Street. “I couldn’t see.
Dec 04, 2010
B- Crew responds to all- hands fire at 143 Broadway. More details as we get them.
Nov 24, 2010
Firefighters battle Glenburn blaze By Dawn Gagnon BDN Staff GLENBURN, Maine — The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to help pinpoint the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a split level home on Monday. Glenburn Fire Chief David Braley said the fire at 5 Deer Run Road was reported about 9:30 a.m.
Nov 17, 2010
  Two men die in Bangor car accident   By Dawn Gagnon BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — An accident on outer Essex Street claimed the lives of two men Tuesday. Police say the car they were riding in struck a tree and both victims were ejected from the vehicle. The victims were identified as Rene Secord, 25, of Orono and Kirk Smith, 22, of Bangor, Bangor police Sgt.
Nov 11, 2010
Bangor woman rescued from Kenduskeag Stream   By Nok-Noi Ricker BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — A 30-year-old Bangor woman was rescued early Tuesday morning from the Kenduskeag Stream, but there were conflicting accounts about how she got there, according to police.
Oct 31, 2010

 Fire does heavy damage at senior housing project in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Bangor Police Department’s criminal investigation division and the Bangor Fire Department are investigating a fire at a senior housing construction site on Harlow Street that caused significant damage, officials say.

Damage is estimated at several hundreds of thousands of dollars, “mostly due to smoke and heat damage,” Assistant Bangor Fire Chief Rick Cheverie said Thursday morning.

The fire was reported at around 6 a.m. Thursday and occurred in the rear of the second floor of the three-story building, he said. The new housing development is located at 315 Harlow St., next to Northern Kingdom Music.

Newport-based Bowman Constructors is the general contractor of the 55-unit senior housing apartment complex, which is an $11 million project “being paid for with federal funding, including federal stimulus money,” the company’s website states.

The low-income housing will be for those age 62 or older who have incomes of less than $25,920. The facility will be operated by Volunteers of America Northern New England, which is based in Brunswick.

Glenn Michaels, spokesman for Volunteers of America, said the original plan was to take ownership from Bowman and open the facility sometime in January. Whether the opening will be delayed is not known,he said.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas said late Thursday morning that two fire investigators from the fire marshal’s office are investigating the blaze.

“We’re still at the scene and we probably will be for the rest of the day,” he said, describing the damage as “significant.”





Oct 15, 2010

Smoldering cigarette causes fire in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Someone who lives at 66 Sidney St. apparently flicked a still burning cigarette onto a window support Wednesday morning and it caught the house on fire, Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Cyr said.

“Apparently it landed on a lintel over a window,” he said of the cigarette. “It smoldered there for quite some time and eventually made it into the walls.”

The official cause is “improper disposal of smoking materials,” Cyr said.

Three people live in the home, and one called for help at 6:44 a.m.

“They smelled smoke and they started looking on the inside for the smoke, and they went outside and saw the fire on the outside,” Cyr said.

Fire was visible when firefighters arrived, and “the homeowner’s son had a garden hose that pretty much kept the fire on the outside at bay,” he said.

Once firefighters got inside, “there was no visible fire,” Cyr said. “But once they opened up the ceiling and the walls, they found a good amount of fire.”

Firefighters extinguished the fire in the walls and ceiling of the first floor and in the walls of the second floor. Flames did not reach the third-floor attic, Cyr said.

“There was a lot of digging to make sure the fire had not extended beyond the floor and in the walls,” he said. “We dig until we can’t find any more.”

There was no damage estimate for the fire, Cyr said.

Bangor Fire Department brought three fire engines, three rescue vehicles and the ladder truck to the blaze. Crews left at around 10:15 a.m. and no injuries were reported among fire personnel or the residents, Cyr said.

Sep 05, 2010


Finson Road fire destroys trailer

By Nok-Noi Ricker
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A fire raged Tuesday afternoon through a home in the Cedar Falls trailer park on Finson Road, leaving the metal walls standing but destroying everything inside, Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Cyr said.

Engine 6 arrived at the mobile home, located five units down from the trailer park’s entrance, just after 1 p.m. and the fire was burning strongly, he said.

“They did report fire showing through the roof,” Cyr said. “They did good to knock down the fire” within a few minutes.

No one was home when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported in extinguishing it, he said.

Yellow fire hose was run from the corner of Blue Hill East and Finson Road, across Finson and into the trailer park, temporarily closing Finson Road.

The roadway was reopened at around 2 p.m.

Sep 05, 2010


Fire at Bangor home ruled an arson

By Dawn Gagnon
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A joint investigation into the fire that destroyed a mobile home in the Cedar Falls Trailer Park has determined that the fire’s cause was arson, Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said Wednesday .

Though he declined to discuss specifics about the investigation, he did say that the incident remains under investigation by state officials and personnel from the Bangor Fire Department and the Bangor Police Department.

Tuesday’s fire, which began about 1 p.m., demolished the mobile home’s entire interior, leaving only the metal walls standing.

A resident of the Cedar Falls park, located off Finson Road, said Tuesday that he believed the occupants of the destroyed mobile home were in the process of moving out. He said he noticed a truck being used to move items over the last two or three days.

No one was home when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported in extinguishing it, Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Cyr said Tuesday.

Because fire crews had to run 900 feet of hose to the fire scene from the nearest hydrant, Finson Road had to be closed for about an hour, Cyr said.

Aug 04, 2010


Man hurt in fall off Lover's Leap in Bangor

By Dawn Gagnon
BDN Staff 

BANGOR - A man walking along a path at Lover's Leap became the focus of a rescue operation by city firefighters Tuesday evening after he fell an estimated 20 feet and injured himself.

The man, who was described as being in his mid- to late 20s but whose name, age and hometown weren't immediately available, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment of head injuries and cuts to his arms and legs, Assistant Fire Chief Rick Cheverie said. No further information about his medical condition was available Tuesday night.

Cheverie said that firefighters were called to Lover's Leap, an area off Valley Avenue that has a steep cliff overlooking the Kenduskeag Stream, about 6:30 p.m.

"It appears that he lost his footing," Cheverie said. He said rescuers found the injured man after they were flagged down from across the stream by his girlfriend.

"We couldn't have seen him from the opposite bank, which is where we came in," he said.

Though the rescue operation did not require climbing, it did require that firefighters cross the stream to get to the man, put him onto a litter and stabilize him before carrying him back across the stream to a waiting ambulance, Cheverie said.

Water levels at this time of year are relatively low, ranging from ankle-deep to roughly knee-keep, or "just deep enough to get over the firefighters' boots, he said.

According to the Maine Memory Network, a website of the Maine Historical Society, Bangor's Lover's Leap "commemorates a young Native American couple who supposedly jumped to their deaths in the stream after being refused permission to wed."

Jul 31, 2010

Fire displaces tenants of Essex Street apartment building


By Dawn Gagnon
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Investigators were working Friday night to determine the cause of a fire that displaced the tenants of a seven-unit apartment building at 149-151 Essex St.

Assistant Chief Darrell Cyr of the Bangor Fire Department said the fire began at about 4 p.m. in a bedroom on the second floor of the building and had started to work its way up the exterior to the third floor when firefighters entered the building and knocked it down.

“The guys did an awesome job,” Cyr said, adding that no tenants or firefighters were injured.

Cyr said that fire damage was limited to the apartment in which the fire began and that there was water damage in the apartment directly under it.

The 2½-story building, owned by Paul Newman, was evacuated and residents were not allowed to stay in their apartments Friday night.

Though he did not know the total number of tenants displaced, Cyr said that all but six or seven tenants were staying with friends and family. The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross has been asked to make housing arrangements for those without a place to stay.

Cyr said that investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bangor Police Department were called in to help pinpoint the fire’s cause but he stopped short of calling the fire suspicious.

“We’re just crossing our t’s and dotting our i’s,” he said.

Cyr said that 19 Bangor firefighters from all three stations turned out and that Brewer and Hampden firefighters provided station coverage until the fire was extinguished.

A dollar estimate for damage resulting from the fire was not immediately available Friday. Cyr said he believed the building was insured.

Jul 03, 2010


Bangor firefighters rescue bridge jumper

By Dawn Gagnon
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor firefighters rescued a man late Friday night who jumped from the Penobscot Bridge into the Penobscot River.

The man, whose name and age were not available, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center, Assistant Chief Rick Cheverie of the Bangor Fire Department said.

He had been in the water for nearly 20 minutes before city firefighters found him using high-powered lights, binoculars and a thermal imaging camera.

Firefighters used a rescue boat they keep docked at Bangor Waterfront to pick him up. The man was conscious when he was found, Cheverie said.

“It’s always good when we have a success like this,” he said.

According to Cheverie, firefighters and police were called to the waterfront at 10:33 p.m. — 10 minutes after low tide — after a person who was on the bridge reported that a man had stripped off his outer clothes and jumped into the river.

Bangor police Sgt. Bob Bishop said it was not yet clear why the man jumped. Bishop estimated the distance from the bridge to the surface of the river at about 35 feet.

“He’s lucky to be alive,” Bishop said.

May 15, 2010


Woman Struck at Bangor Crosswalk


From Bangor Daily News



By BDN Staff

Bangor Fire Department emergency medical personnel transport Rath Em, 62, of Portland to an ambulance after she was struck by a car at about 5 p.m. Tuesday while crossing Main Street at the crosswalk that runs between Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway and the offices of the Bangor Daily News. Though few details about the accident were available late Tuesday, Bangor police Lt. Jeff Millard said speed was not a factor in the accident.

May 15, 2010


Electrical fire burns Poplar Street home


From Bangor Daily News

By Dawn Gagnon
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An electrical malfunction was cited as the cause of a Friday morning fire that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a Poplar Street home.

The fire was reported about 10:20 a.m. by a passerby who saw dark smoke coming up around the eaves of the house, located at 67 Poplar St., said Assistant Chief Vance Tripp of the Bangor Fire Department.

“The fire actually started in the ceiling in a hallway on the first floor,” Tripp said.

An electrical wire supplying power to a ceiling fixture apparently overheated, sparking a fire that burned up through the floor of the house’s second story, Tripp said.

The fire also caused significant damage to rooms on the backside of the house, he said, estimating fire, smoke and water damage to the building and some of its contents at around $50,000.

The homeowners, Howard and Norma Berg, were away when the fire broke out, Tripp said. He said no firefighters were injured in connection with the fire.

May 11, 2010

May 11, 2010

The last 3 days have kept Station #5 busy with Mutual Aid calls for working fires. On Friday night, D-Crew on the Engine went to Old Town for a working fire on Indian Island. Saturday evening, A-Crew went to Veazie, on the Chase Road. This morning A/B Crew went again to Old Town and the Stillwater Lumber Fire. More information as we get it.

Mar 31, 2010
By Nok-Noi Ricker BDN Staff   BANGOR, Maine — A tenant living on the third floor of 34 Spring St. noticed smoke early Tuesday and called the Fire Department, which responded quickly and extinguished the blaze within minutes, Assistant Chief Darrell Cyr said later in the day
Mar 28, 2010
      Fire forces patient moves at veterans home From Bangor Daily News By Dawn Gagnon BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — A battery malfunction was cited as the cause of a small fire that prompted a temporary evacuation Wednesday night at the Maine Veterans Home on Hogan Road
Mar 28, 2010
  Utility truck rolls over on I-95 in Bangor From the Bangor Daily News  By Nok-Noi Ricker BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — A local man trying to exit from Interstate 95 onto Broadway early Thursday swerved back into the driving lane to avoid hitting a box truck stopped on the offramp and ended up losing control and rolling his utility truck, police say
Mar 18, 2010


Fire damages exterior of Fern Street home

By Dawn Gagnon
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A fire that began in a trash container behind a Fern Street home was extinguished before it caused major damage, an official with the Bangor Fire Department said Wednesday.

Assistant Chief Darrell Cyr said the fire was at the Bruce Grant residence.

Cyr said that after the fire started, it traveled up one side of the building, burning some of the siding, part of a railing and a portion of the floor of a porch.

Firefighters put the fire out within minutes of their arrival, preventing its spread to the inside of the building, he said.

No one was injured in connection with the fire, Cyr said. He said that a dollar estimate for the damage was not available Wednesday evening. It also was not clear if the building was insured.

First Due Engine 5 made a quick knockdown, preventing serious damage to the property

Feb 06, 2010


Bangor home damaged by fire

By Dawn Gagnon
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A fire of unknown cause Thursday afternoon resulted in significant fire and smoke damage to a single-family home at 92 Second St.

The owners, Bruce and Christina Babin, were not at home when the fire began about 2 p.m., according to Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Cyr of the Bangor Fire Department.

The family’s small dog Seamus, however, was home, Cyr said.

Shortly after knocking down the fire, firefighters found Seamus inside.

“He was in a crate on the second floor,” he said.

The dog appeared to be in good condition when firefighters brought him outside to Bruce Babin, who came home after learning about the fire.

Cyr said Thursday that firefighters had not yet determined what caused the fire but that it appears to have started in an extension at the back of the two-story house, which abuts Second Street Park.

The extension had significant fire damage and the rest of the house had heavy smoke damage, Cyr said.

A dollar estimate for the damage was not immediately available Thursday. Cyr said he did not yet know whether the house was insured.

Feb 01, 2010

Fire on Walter Street Forced Residents to Evacuate

by WABI-TV5 News Desk

A fire in downtown Bangor Monday morning forced some residents to flee their apartment building.
Fire crews were called to Walter Street just before 5 am.
By the time they arrived, everyone had gotten out of the two-story complex safely.
We're told there were five apartment units in the building, the fire reportedly started upstairs.
It was out in about an hour, and contained to just one room.
The fire marshal's office has been called in to investigate.

Jan 08, 2010


Fire destroys Glenburn home

By Dawn Gagnon
BDN Staff 

GLENBURN, Maine — A small one-story home was destroyed Thursday in a fire of unknown origin.

The house at 317 Hudson Road was in flames by the time firefighters arrived about 3:30 p.m., Glenburn Fire Capt. Gene Hamm said at the scene. He said the State Fire Marshal’s Office would be asked to help determine the cause.

According to Hamm, no one was home when the fire was reported by a passer-by about 3:30 p.m.

Hamm said he didn’t know the owner’s name or whether the house was insured. He said the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross had been called to provide assistance.

Glenburn firefighters were joined at the scene by their counterparts from Bangor, Corinth and Hudson, while crews from Charleston remained on standby, Hamm said. No one was injured while fighting the fire, he said.

Though Hamm said Thursday’s cold conditions had not posed any significant challenges for fire crews, the frigid air did cause water used to extinguish the blaze to freeze on a section of Hudson Road close to the fire, as well as on the long dirt driveway leading to the burning house. The ice made walking treacherous.

Jan 08, 2010



Bangor Auditorium fire sends worker to hospital

By Dawn Gagnon
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A small fire Wednesday night in the boiler room at the Bangor Auditorium sent one Bass Park employee to a local hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation symptoms, a Fire Department official said.

Assistant Fire Chief Rick Cheverie said he was unable to disclose the employee’s name, citing federal confidentiality rules. Cheverie said late Wednesday that he had not yet been able to confirm where the worker was taken, but believed it was St. Joseph Hospital.

Cheverie said the fire was reported at 9:23 p.m. and that crews from the department’s Central Station and Station 5 both went to the scene. He said that when firefighters arrived, they found light smoke in the building, which grew thicker as they neared the boiler room, where they found a cardboard box and a 5-gallon plastic bucket containing tools and parts on fire.

The fire’s cause, he said, is under investigation.

“The boiler was not affected,” Cheverie said, adding that some electrical components near the box and bucket were burned. He estimated damage at about $500.

Cheverie said the fire was extinguished within minutes, but firefighters remained at the auditorium for about an hour to ventilate smoke from the building’s main lobby and nearby hallways.


Dec 17, 2009

Plumbing Van Destroyed by Fire

On December 14th, D Crew responded to Broadway (Near Husson Ave) for a plumbers van that was heavily involved in fire. Assigned were E-6, E-1, L-1 and R-1. T-6 was special called, so they didn't have to close down Broadway during rush hour. Full Box coverage was dispatched, because of the original call that the vehicle was close to a building.

Dec 07, 2009

Dive Team Mutual Aid to Orono

From Station #5 Web site

The Bangor Fire Department Dive Team responded to Orono around 8:22am for mutual aid with Heavy Rescue 1. Orono Fire Department requested Bangor’s assistance for a vehicle in the water. Rescue divers made entry into the water then remained to assist with removal of the vehicle. The incident is currently under investigation by Orono authorities.

Nov 12, 2009
  1 killed, 1 injured in Bangor accident   By Nok-Noi Ricker BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man with a history of speeding violations ran a red light at the corner of Hammond and Ohio streets around 2 p.m. Wednesday and crashed his Cadillac into a building on a sharp corner on High Street, according to eyewitnesses
Nov 10, 2009

Fire at Carmel Electric

by WABI-TV5 News Desk · Nov 09th 2009 ·

Crews responded to a huge fire in Hermon this evening.

The call came in around 6:15 pm. Carmel Electric on Lexington Drive in Hermon was on fire.

Crews from several departments, including Hermon, Bangor, Carmel, and Glenburn, responded quickly to the scene.

Officials say flames were already shooting out of the building when they arrived.

"The roof had partially caved in so we weren't abel to get inside, we tried an internal attack initially but the tresses were starting to collapse so we backed out and surround and drown - defensive attack." says Larry Willis, Fire Chief for Hermon.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire. There is no known cause at this time. The Fire Marshal will be investigating.

Ladder 1 responded from Central and was used as an elevated master stream on this fire.

Oct 22, 2009

1st Alarm Fire, 427 Essex St.

From Station 5 web site


At 21:06 hrs, Central (Eng 1, Lad 1, FC 1, Res 1) and Station 5 (Eng 5, Res 5) units were dispatched to, 427 Essex St. a multi unit apartment fire. Dispatch reported a structure fire in apartment 4, the tenant reported fire in the kitchen that was spreading. First on scene, Engine 1 reported smoke conditions on side “B” of a 2 ½ wood frame construction. Engine 5, Rescue 5 hooked in the hydrant, laying 600ft. of 4in. Command had reports of occupants still in the building above the fire floor, Ladder 1 was assigned. Ladder 1 searched above the fire floor, all clear was given for life safety and no fire extension was found. Due to the response and team effort of the Bangor firefighters with the fast attack of Engine 1’s crew, the fire was quickly knocked down.

The fire is currently under investigation.

Oct 07, 2009

Construction worker injured in 19 foot fall

From Station 5 web site


Rescue 5 responded with Engine 1 to a fall injury at the bridge construction site of I95 and Hammond St. The construction worker sustained injuries after falling from a 19ft bridge support currently under construction. The engine and rescue crews stabalized and extricated the victim from below grade before transporting him to the local trauma center.

Photo’s courtesy of WABI News

Sep 23, 2009
  Bangor Gas subcontractor hits propane line, closes Union Street   By Nok-Noi Ricker BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — Subcontractors for Bangor Gas Co. installing a 6-inch gas line next to Union Street hit a propane line near Godfrey Boulevard on Tuesday morning that prompted city fire and police officials to temporarily block off the two streets
Sep 01, 2009

C-Crew Responds to Roll Over

Bangor firefighters remove Robin Lay from a sport utility vehicle in which she was a passenger after the vehicle left the highway and rolled over at mile 182 on Interstate 95 northbound in Bangor on Monday. David Leith and Lay were traveling north in a Chevy Blazer with Connecticut plates when Leith became distracted, Maine State Police Trooper Trevor Snow said. Leith tried to stay in the travel lane but overcorrected and ended up in the soft shoulder on the right of the roadway. The SUV rolled over multiple times and landed on its roof, Snow said. Lay was pinned in the vehicle for more than a half-hour and had to be removed by firefighters, Snow said. Leith and Lay suffered minor injuries and were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Snow said Leith had been working in the area but he didn’t know for how long. The vehicle was filled with personal items, such as clothing and a television, that were thrown from the SUV when it crashed.

From Bangor Daily News

Aug 14, 2009
  BANGOR, Maine — The Howard Johnson Inn was evacuated Thursday night, and at least six people, including four firefighters, were sent to the hospital with respiratory problems after an acrid odor began sickening some of the guests staying there. Shortly after the evacuation, which occurred at about 9 p.m
Jul 25, 2009
  Two Sandy Point residents hurt in car-SUV crash By Dawn Gagnon BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — Two Sandy Point residents were taken to a Bangor hospital Friday after they were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Odlin Road. Injured were John Harriman, 36, and Janet Harriman, 37, who were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment, Bangor police Lt
Jun 29, 2009

Garage Fire - 188 West Broadway

From Station 5's Web Page

Central units dispatched to 188 West Broadway for structure fire. First arriving police units reported smoke conditions from the garage.  Engine 1 reported a working fire in the garage. Central units enroute at 0130 hrs, reported fire under control 0205 hrs.

For more information and for radio traffic click here.

Jun 23, 2009
  Houlton woman hits tree in single-car crash   By Nok-Noi Ricker BDN Staff   BANGOR, Maine — Extrication equipment was used by Bangor firefighters Monday morning to get a Houlton woman out of her car, which was crushed when she left the roadway and hit a tree
Jun 18, 2009
 Motorcyclist killed in Bangor accident   BANGOR, Maine — A 41-year-old Bangor man was killed Wednesday night after the Suzuki motorcycle he was driving collided with a car on Griffin Road. Kondwa Chalila died at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 7:45 p.m
Jun 17, 2009

June 16, 2009

At 7:10 PM, a call was made to 911 for a kitchen fire at 52 Warwick Street. Upon Arrival of first due Engine 6 and Rescue 6 found heavy fire showing from the front of the building. Station 6 units and Central Units were able to make a fast knock down (under 10 minutes) using 2 hand lines. Units remained on scene for about 1 1/2 hours doing mop-up and checking for extension.

Extensive damage was caused from heat and smoke. There were no injuries to the homeowners or to fire crews. Investigation - Caused by unattended and over heated grease/oil on the stove..

For more photos and to listen to the radio traffic - go to Station 5's website

Jun 10, 2009
  18-unit apartment building in Orono gutted by fire 23 tenants displaced; golden retriever 'saved his own life'   By Dawn Gagnon BDN Staff ORONO, Maine — A nearly 180-year-old local landmark at the intersection of Main Street and Bennoch Road was destroyed Tuesday in a fire of unknown origin that displaced 23 tenants, many of them University of Maine students
Jun 05, 2009
By Eric Russell BDN Staff Blast at public works job site injures 4   BANGOR, Maine — Four Bangor Public Works Department employees were hospitalized, one with serious injuries, when a small propane tank exploded at a downtown job site late Tuesday morning
Apr 24, 2009

Bangor Firefighters Train on Main Street

Bangor firefighters train on a controlled burn Sunday on a vacant apartment building on Main Street. Crews practiced on several fires set in different sections of the building, allowing firefighters to train for a variety of situations, including venting roofs, tearing down and breaching walls, and conducting search and rescue operations. The structure eventually was set on fire again and allowed to burn slowly. The neighboring structure, which once housed a bridal store, will be razed, Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Cyr said in a previous Bangor Daily News article. The properties at 440-460 Main St. must be removed from the site to make way for a Tim Hortons coffee shop and restaurant.

Apr 16, 2009

During April of 2009, 3 groups of members from Local 772 attended crash rescue training in Westover, Massachusetts. We were invited by the ANG Station 3 guys (BIA) to join them for the training. Over the years, we have had members attend training around the country, with our brothers and sisters from the airport.

All of the training was done at the Westover Air Force base, and we also worked with members from the base down there. Training that we did included: Driving and operation of the crash trucks, vehicle placement, turret operation, hand line operations that included interior and exterior evolutions.

Thanks to Captain Glenn Williamson, Chief West and A/C Libby for being our hosts and teachers.Also thanks to our hosts at the Westover AFB.

Apr 11, 2009

Just before 9 am, March 13, 2009, Station 5 was requested for mutual aid at 34 Main St., Orono.  Quick action by our brothers in Orono limited the potential damage to the building.  Station 5 Co. operations dealt with salvage and smoke ejection over the fire floor.

Apr 11, 2009

Aggressive work by the first in Companies lead to a quick containment of the “All Hands” fire on outer Essex street just after 4pm on March 21. First in reports had fire showing from windows on the second floor of the residential structure. The first due companies were Engine's 6&1, Rescues 6&1, Ladder 1 and FC 1.

Engine and Rescue 5 were dispatched with the declaration of the “All Hands Working Fire”. Engine 5 operations consisted mainly of salvage and Rescue 5 operations consisted of exterior ground ladder operations followed by salvage.

Apr 11, 2009

Engine and Rescue 5 Co.’s answered the call from Old Town, for a residential fire. Station 5 Co.’s were immediately assigned as the RIT team for this working fire. As additional Co’s arrived, Lt. VanPeursem, with Rescue 5, were rotated in for overhaul on the first floor.

First in reports had heavy fire in the attic, second floor and back half of the first floor. Crews initially made interior attacks from the first floor, but the tide turner came from Orono’s Tower. With crews pulled from the building, Tower 245 beat the snot out of it, once again giving the guys a shot at the inside. Interior crews were quick and methodical with their final blows to the fire.

Our brothers and sisters on the Old Town and Orono departments once again did a stand up job knocking this one in the teeth.

Kudos to the guys on our eastern border, sweet job.

Apr 08, 2009
Fire damages Bangor building

By Dawn Gagnon
BDN Staff
BANGOR, Maine — An outdoor smoker-cooker was cited as the cause of a fire Tuesday that damaged the building at the corner of Court and Ohio streets that houses Court Street Market and five apartment units, including one occupied by the building’s owner, Richard Van Syckle.

Formerly known as Young’s Market, the convenience store has been a neighborhood fixture for several generations.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Scott Bostock, the fire at 181 Court St., was reported about 4:30 p.m. and everyone inside got out safely, including several pets.

Bostock and Capt. Matt Costello said that the fire began after an outdoor smoker-cooker placed on a ground-level deck at the back of the building ignited nearby combustible materials, including the siding and portions of the deck.

Costello said the fire shattered the glass of a sliding glass door and had started to extend into a kitchen before it was extinguished.

Though parts of the back side of the building had smoke damage, the apartments remain habitable and the store is open for business, he said.

“Another couple of minutes it could have been a different story,” Costello said.

A Boston firefighter who happened by the fire scene credited quick response by more than a dozen Bangor firefighters for preventing the fire from spreading.

“These guys did a great job,” said Boston fire Lt. John Radley, who was visiting friends in Bangor on Wednesday. “All it takes is an extra minute or two and the whole thing’s over,” he said, pointing out where the flames nearly ignited the eaves along the building’s rear.

“Without [quick] response time and [adequate] manpower, you can’t do a thing,” he said.

Among those who helped alert the building’s occupants about the fire was 2½-year-old Michael Hatch.

“He was sitting on his potty pooping, when he said, ‘Mama, fire,’” the boy’s mother, Crystal Hatch said. Hatch, who lives two buildings down from the Court Street Market, said she sent her husband, Josh, running to alert those inside.

Though Van Syckle declined to comment at the scene, a small crowd of people from the neighborhood who gathered at the scene said he acquired the building from the former owner, Scott Leadbetter, and had spent more than a year refurbishing it.

They noted that Tuesday’s fire was the second to hit the building in the last three years.

In March 2006, an electrical fire inside the ceiling of what was then Young’s Market resulted in heavy damage, forcing the market to close and leaving the tenants homeless. The building housed eight rental apartments at the time.

Apr 08, 2009
Garage fire melts siding on nearby homes
By Dawn Gagnon
BDN Staff
BREWER, Maine — A fire that started in a Wilson Street garage grew so fast and burned so hot Thursday that it destroyed three vehicles and melted siding on three nearby homes, fire officials said.

No one was injured as a result of the fire, which Brewer Fire Chief Rick Bronson said began about 6 p.m.

“We did search to make sure everyone was OK, but everyone already was out when we got there,” said Lt. Dennis Tinkham of the Brewer Fire Department.

According to Tinkham, the fire began while Mark Lloyd of Brewer and a friend were working on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a garage at 228 Wilson St.

The two had just removed the bike’s gas tank when they noticed some gasoline had spilled. Though they shut off an LP gas heater inside the two-story garage, the heater retained enough residual heat to ignite gasoline vapors, Tinkham said.

“The fire grew very, very rapidly and it burned very hot,” Tinkham said, adding that the garage and houses were located in a compact neighborhood.

He said a dollar estimate for fire-related damage was not immediately available.

The fire destroyed, in addition to the garage and its contents, including the motorcycle, a pickup truck and an automobile parked nearby. It melted siding on three adjacent homes, Tinkham said.

Sections of siding were burned on the houses at 228 Wilson St., 230 Wilson St. and 127 Parker St., Tinkham said. There also was some fire damage to the rear of the house at 228 Wilson, which is occupied by Lloyd and his wife and his wife’s grandparents Ken and Doris Doak, owners of the demolished pickup and car.

All three homes remain habitable, Tinkham said.

Brewer fire crews were assisted by firefighters from Bangor and Eddington. (Engine 1 D Crew)

The fire resulted in the closure of a section of Wilson Street for nearly two hours.

Traffic temporarily was rerouted through residential side streets.

Apr 10, 2009
By Aimee Dolloff
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - Bangor Daily News
BANGOR - In a strange sequence of events Monday, Kurt Smith, owner of Essex Stud Arabians boarding and breeding facility, discovered that 2-month-old foal Matinicus Rock had fallen into a 12-foot-deep abandoned well.

No, Lassie didn’t come running to inform him of the accident — but close.

Smith was working in the yard around 10:30 a.m. when his border collie, Molly, came running and barking.

"She baby-sits the baby horse and looks right after her," Smith said.

The foal’s mother, Czarah, was in the field whinnying and obviously upset, Smith said.

When he went to see what was wrong, Smith couldn’t find the foal, whose nickname is Mati.

"I heard the baby screaming, but I couldn’t find her," he said. "When I looked down, I just was amazed."

Smith ran to the house and called the Bangor Fire Department. When firefighters arrived with a ladder, he went down into the well, slid ropes around Mati’s front legs and hindquarters and was able to pull her out of the well, "no worse for the wear," he said.

If a horse falling in a well isn’t odd enough, Smith and his wife, Denise Mitchell, had watched the news earlier that morning which aired a story about "Baby Jessica" who was rescued after she fell into a well nearly 20 years ago in Texas.

"Then two hours later we had baby Mati," Smith said. "It was déjà vu."

Mati’s owner, Lisa Kelly, arrived at the farm just as Smith and others were beginning to check the filly and make sure she was OK.

"It was unbelievable how it unfolded," Kelly said Tuesday. "I was taking an early lunch, which was just totally out of the clear blue."

Kelly is quite attached to her new baby — Mati is her first foal — and checks on her every afternoon.

When Kelly arrived, she saw the firetruck and noticed commotion as people walked into the side of the arena and toward the stable area.

"I followed everybody and I walked in, and [Smith] was covered, I mean from head to toe, just covered in muck," Kelly said.

She asked what happened and Smith told her Mati had fallen into the well and they’d just rescued her.

"She was walking, which was a big plus," Kelly said. "No hoofs, no horse. She could have died in so many ways."

Mati weighs about 250 pounds and was small enough to fall down the abandoned well that was about 5 feet wide and 12 feet deep. The artesian well had been covered with boards, but the wood had begun to deteriorate. The well shaft was filled in with gravel Tuesday to prevent any future incidents.

At the bottom of the well was 1 to 2 feet of water that was very cold, and Mati was shivering and in shock.

Otherwise, the filly with the white heart centered on her forehead was fine. Two of her legs are still a little swollen, but Kelly said it’s nothing time won’t fix.

"Obviously, I can’t sell her because I’ve gotten myself a little too attached to her for right now," Kelly said. "This is my first baby. She just took my heart. I can’t let her go."

Units from Bangor included: Engine 6 & FC1

Apr 10, 2009
By Dawn Gagnon
Thursday, October 11, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — A natural gas leak early Wednesday evening prompted city fire and police officials to temporarily block off a section of Main Street near the Hollywood Slots construction site.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Scott Bostock, construction workers struck an 8-inch natural gas line while digging on the site.

The section of Main Street that runs from Buck Street to the Interstate 395 exit ramp was closed from about 5:40 p.m. to shortly after 6 p.m., Bostock said.

Neighborhood traffic briefly was rerouted through Bass Park, located across Main Street from the work site.

Bangor Gas Co. crews were called in to shut the line down until it could be repaired, either late Wednesday or early today.

The rupture occurred on the discontinued section of Dutton Street that runs between the Hollywood Slots construction site and the neighboring Best Inn and Geaghan’s Restaurant and Pub, Bostock said.

A strong odor of natural gas could be detected from at least a block away from the leak. As a safety precaution, employees and guests of the inn and pub were told to stay inside the building and not to smoke or start their cars until the line was shut off, Bostock said.

Wednesday’s leak was the second at the construction site in a month. On Sept. 7, construction workers struck a 6-inch natural gas line.

Neither incident resulted in injury, Bostock said.

As required by law, Bangor Gas Co. reported the September incident to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, which was expected to investigate to determine who was at fault and whether penalties might be assessed. The PUC could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Apr 10, 2009
June 27,2007

A group of severe thunderstorms kept Station 6 busy. They  responded to 2 mutual aid working fires in Hermon (engine, tanker and rescue 6) within 4 hours. Below is part of an article from the Bangor Daily News.

Thunderstorms cool the heat, but ignite several fires
By BDN Staff
Thursday, June 28, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

While most people wished for a summer shower to extinguish Wednesday’s heat and humidity, the late afternoon thunderstorms ignited several house and grass fires in parts of the state.

A Hermon home and barn were destroyed after lightning struck the buildings at 7 Phillips Lane, just off Annis Road, around 4 p.m. The barn and the ell, attaching the barn to the home, were burned to the ground, said Lt. Kelli Leighton of the Hermon Fire Department. The back part of the home was destroyed and the front would probably be a total loss, she said.

Six fire departments from neighboring communities and the Maine Air National Guard base in Bangor assisted the Hermon department in fighting the blaze, she said. Despite the heat, no firefighters were injured fighting the blaze, Leighton said, but they had to guard against heat exhaustion.

"It’s so hot that we need a long time to recover," she said. The firefighters drank a lot of water and took turns battling the fire.

Lightning shot through the window of a Brewer home at around 5:45 p.m., setting a bed on fire in a family playroom, said Lt. Robbie Wildes of the Brewer Fire Department.

The lightning hit the 2½-story home at 34 Getchell St., and while Veronica Spaight was in the home at the time, with her two daughters, a 6-year-old and 6-month-old, nobody was hurt. Edward Spaight said he was on his way home from work when he noticed the smoke and called his wife.

"I said, ‘It looks like there is a fire in the area,’ and she said, ‘Yeah, it’s our house,’" Spaight, 37, said. "I ran right home."

Damage to the first floor was considerable, while the second floor had mainly smoke and water damage, Wildes said.

Several other structure and grass fires were reported late Wednesday afternoon in Penobscot County.

Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches for every county in the state except Aroostook alerted residents to the potential for heavy rains, large hail, damaging winds and frequent lightning between the hours of about 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

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