Farmington Couple Died Saturday Morning in House Fire
For the third time in a week, a Maine resident has died in a house fire.
UPDATE: The State Fire Marshal's Office says the second victim of this fire, 72-year-old Tomasa Vincent, has succumbed to injuries sustained in this fire. The investigation is ongoing, but officials suspect it started as a result of combustibles left too close to a woodstove.
A 911 call sent fire crews to the home of 75-year-old William Vincent on Saturday. When they arrived at 160 Clover Mills Road, they learned that two people were inside the home, when the fire broke out. A woman was able to exit the home on her own, and was transported to the Franklin Memorial Hospital for treatment. Mr. Vincent was eventually located but did not survive the fire.
The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating to determine the cause of the fire but, so far, there's no indication that it was the result of foul play. The Farmington Fire Department was assisted by fire departments from Temple, New Sharon, Jay, Wilton, and Strong, as well as the North Start Ambulance Service.
This is the third fatal fire in a week in Maine. On Monday, February 23rd, 7-year-old Adele Parent died in a house fire in Lincoln. Five others received non-life-threatening injuries in that fire. In Camden, a 14-year-old boy died when his family's home was destroyed by fire, early Thursday morning. Two adults remain hospitalized, after sustaining injuries when they tried to get to the teenager. The State Fire Marshal's Office is still investigating, but says both fires appear to have been accidental.
Fire officials remind residents of the importance of having working smoke detectors in their homes.
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