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December 15, 2013

Home destroyed by fire in Bangor

BANGOR — A home was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning, displacing a local family and leaving one firefighter recovering from injuries.

At 1:32 a.m., the Bangor Fire Department received word of the blaze at 33 Gallop Road. The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

The homeowners, Ricky and Heather Tavernier, and their three children were evacuated safely.

The Bangor Fire Department was assisted by the departments of Brushton-Moira, Dickinson, and Malone, with Westville on standby at the Bangor station.

Bangor Fire Chief Larry LaValley said they attempted to fight the fire from the interior at first, “but it wasn’t going too good, and we had to go to the exterior.”

Firefighters were on the scene until 5:30 a.m. “We fought frigid temperatures. It was 15 below.”

One firefighter was injured due to smoke inhalation. LaValley would not reveal his name, but said that he was in stable condition and recovering at home.

The house was a total loss, and it was not insured, LaValley said.

The Taverniers are staying with family, but their losses are extensive — including, LaValley said, “all their Christmas stuff.”

LaValley said that the family is seeking donations, which can be made through the American Red Cross.

No further information was available.

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