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December 2, 2013

Malone house 'uninhabitable' after Sunday morning fire

MALONE — A Malone firefighter’s home was seriously damaged by fire early Sunday.

The call came in at 12:41 a.m., warning that the home of Kevin and Melissa Warner on Marion Street in Malone was ablaze.

Warner, a Malone firefighter, evacuated his family and stood by them. There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Malone Call Firemen responded and were assisted by firefighters from Bangor, Constable, Westville, Moira and Brushton.

The blaze was fought on multiple fronts. Second Assistant Chief Gerald Fisher of the Malone Call Firemen explained, “We made an interior and exterior attack.”

The interior attack consisted of “two teams of two firefighters each going into the structure and fighting the flames from the inside.”

At the same time, two other teams fought the fire in the garage, which was also ablaze.

Fisher said the SUV in the garage was totaled. 

Although the blaze was finally extinguished, the house was left uninhabitable. It is uncertain if the home was destroyed; no estimate of damage was available.

Fisher said he believes the house is insured.

It had been a difficult night for area firefighters. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Malone Call Firemen responded to a fire on West Main Street, also in Malone.

Bangor and Westville fire departments were also called to that scene. The fire was extinguished, leaving damage to the kitchen area.

Aside from that damage, the white house on West Main Street, with its blue-grey, diamond-patterned shutters, appeared to be in good condition.

After having dealt with the situation, firefighters faced the more-damaging blaze at Warner’s Marion Street home.

After hours of effort, “most of us got home around 6 a.m.,” Fisher recalled.

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