Oven fire sparks building evacuation
Searsport — Searsport Fire Department minimized damage to an apartment complex on Prospect Street the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 16, when a fire broke out in an oven.
Searsport Fire Chief Andy Webster said his department responded to 8 Prospect St., Seabreeze Apartments, at 3:30 p.m. for a reported oven fire. The blaze was extinguished with a fire extinguisher, Webster said, and the building sustained only minor damage.
Tenants were evacuated as a precaution, Webster said, while firefighters were on scene.
The fire started when a tenant turned on her oven, forgetting she stored several plastic dishes in the appliance. Those dishes melted, Webster said, igniting the fire.
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.
Webster said most of the tenants were able to return to their apartments that day. American Red Cross is assisting the tenant whose oven caught fire.