A family of eight was displaced after a fire at their home in Farmingdale Friday, Assistant Fire Chief Mike LaPlante said.

LaPlante said the local dispatch center received a call at 10 p.m. about a trailer fire with people trapped inside. A Farmingdale crew went to the scene, at 871 Northern Ave., within minutes, LaPlante said, and all eight residents had escaped. He declined to release their identities.

The homeowner had to be dragged away from the structure and was taken to an emergency room with unknown medical problems, LaPlante said.

The family had four dogs and four cats that did not survive.

The American Red Cross of Maine is aiding the family in finding shelter and other essentials. The organization will remain in contact with the family to provide financial assistance and community referrals as they begin their road to recovery, a news release from the organization said.

Firefighters from Hallowell, Pittston, Randolph, Gardiner and West Gardiner aided the Farmingdale Fire Department. The fire was knocked down after 15 to 20 minutes, LaPlante said. There was no fire hydrant in the area, so tankers from neighboring departments were needed to provide water.


LaPlante said the state fire marshal’s office was at the scene and is investigating. The fire is not considered suspicious, LaPlante said, adding that it could have been caused by an electrical problem.

Jason Pafundi — 621-5663


Twitter: @jasonpafundiKJ

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