Eight people were displaced when a fire destroyed a home Tuesday morning on Whittier Road in Farmington.

An 11-year-old boy who was at home when the fire broke out was able to make it out safely and no one was injured in the blaze, though one pet was lost in the fire, according to Farmington Deputy Fire Chief Clyde Ross.

The mobile home at 877 Whittier Road was owned by Chris and Pam Smith, who were at the scene shortly after fire was reported at 9:15 a.m. Ross said he did not know who reported the fire.

The home was fully in flames when crews from five towns arrived, Ross said. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down by 10 a.m. but remained at the scene until nearly noon making sure any hot spots were extinguished.

The cause of the fire is not known, and the state fire marshal’s office was conducting an investigation at the site.

The 12-by-60-foot mobile home, which had an addition built on the back, was destroyed in the fire, Ross said. A canvas-style garage that was near the home also was damaged.

Fire Chief Terry Bell said the home was not insured.

A local Red Cross Disaster Action Response team member was at the scene Tuesday, according to a news release from the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross said in a news release that it would help the eight people get housing and food in the aftermath of the blaze.

Anyone who wants more information on Red Cross disaster services can call 800-733-2767 or visit www.MaineRedCross.org.

Fire crews from Wilton, Temple, New Sharon and Chesterville assisted the Farmington Fire Department in fighting the blaze.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

[email protected]

Twitter: @Lauren_M_Abbate


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