No injuries reported

Unity fire leaves 13 homeless

By Fran Gonzalez | Sep 12, 2018
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Fire destroyed the main section of the house at 234 Hunter Road in Unity Saturday, Sept. 8.

Unity — A blaze broke out early Saturday morning, Sept. 8, displacing 13 people and destroying a home in Unity.

Fire crews were called to 234 Hunter Road for a reported structure fire at approximately 3 a.m., according to Unity Fire Chief Blaine Parsons.

No injuries were reported, Parsons said, and the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. The state Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

"Due to the drought, we did experience a difficult time getting water from one water source," Parsons said. "However, water supply was not an issue at the scene."

The main part of the house was a complete loss, but fire crews "did a great job" keeping the fire from spreading to the attached garage and apartment, the chief said.

Crews from Unity Fire and Unity Ambulance as well as departments from Freedom, Thorndike, Troy, Albion and Montville responded to the scene. Burnham and Brooks firefighters were on standby.

Three families, including several children and a baby, lost their home and all their belongings in the blaze. Clothing and toy donations are being accepted at the Freedom Town Office (71 Pleasant St.), 382-6178; The Aquarian Gift Shop (139 Searsport Ave., Belfast), 218-1036; and Sun Tan City (138 Main St., Belfast), 338-3357.

Clothing sought for the families include garments for an 11-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl, 5-year-old twin boys, a 2-year-old girl and a premature baby girl; women's sizes 1/2 and 4/6 pants and medium shirts; and men's size 32-32 pants, and shirt and jacket sizes medium to large.

Fire crews were able to prevent the Sept. 8 fire from spreading to the attached garage and apartment pictured above. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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