Fire damages house near fire station

By Fran Gonzalez | Aug 12, 2019
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Debris from the fire on Aug. 11 at 124 South Mountain Valley Highway in Montville. Liberty and Montville Fire Departments extinguished the fire quickly before it spread.

Montville — A fire that broke out at a house on Route 220 Sunday afternoon was "knocked down before it got too far" by area fire department crews, according to Montville Fire Chief John York.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. Aug. 11, a blaze at 124 South Mountain Highway (Route 220) was discovered by the homeowner who was preparing the house for rental.

The house was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported.

York said that while the house sustained smoke and water damage, and there was a hole in the floor, it could have been much worse.

The house is situated less than a mile from the Montville Fire Station, and firefighters worked quickly to contained the fire, York said.

Besides Montville Fire Department, crews from Liberty, Freedom, Searsmont and Morrill and Liberty Ambulance were called.

York said all but Liberty Fire Department were "turned around" to be placed on standby.

The fire is under investigation with the Maine Fire Marshal's Office.

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