A working smoke detector is being hailed as a literal life-saver after a home and several other vehicles caught fire on a property in Glenburn this Memorial Day Weekend.

According to Glenburn's Fire Chief, Chris Lavoie, calls started coming to the dispatch center, around 9:30 PM Saturday night, with folks reporting a structure ablaze on South Shore Road in Glenburn.

"First arriving units found a well involved 3 story wood frame house with several exposures including multiple campers and vehicles on fire. The fire had extended into the woods and was threatening nearby houses. "

Glenburn Fire, Dennis Bean
Glenburn Fire, Dennis Bean

Lavoie said crews from 10 neighboring fire departments provided mutual aid, as firefighters ran multiple lines through the woods, in an attempt to protect the surrounding properties.

While one firefighter was treated for minor injuries, the residents of the home were able to evacuate and were unharmed.

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"The building, vehicles, and campers are considered a total loss. It is important to note that the occupant inside of the house was sleeping at the time of the fire and woke up due to the smoke detectors in the home."

Chief Lavoie says firefighters were on scene for almost 10 hours, to ensure that the fire didn't reignite.

Glenburn Fire, Dennis Bean
Glenburn Fire, Dennis Bean

He said that aside from the mutual aid provided by the surrounding towns, they were assisted by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Forest Service, Northern Light Medical Transport and Penobscot Regional Dispatch.

Lavoie says while the fire is not being considered suspicious at this time, the Maine Fire Marshal's Office will be looking into what may have started it.

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