Firefighters from seven local departments battled a fire at 492 Lowelltown Road in Wiscasset the morning of Sunday, Nov. 5. The single occupant of the mobile home was able to exit the building safely and was brought to a local hospital for evaluation.
The Lincoln County Communications Center dispatched the Wiscasset Fire Department to a report of a structure fire on Lowelltown Road at 2:20 a.m. Sunday. Chief T.J. Merry said the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames when he arrived.
“The thing about mobile home fires is, they get a very quick start on you, so we did a fully exterior attack,” Merry said.
The firefighters extinguished the flames in “about half an hour,” Merry said. The home was a complete loss.
Wendy Yeaton, the tenant of the mobile home, was inside when the fire started, Merry said. She was able to exit the home safely, but was later transported to a hospital for evaluation for smoke inhalation.
Lorie Merry, of Wiscasset, has organized a drive to help Yeaton. Donations, such as checks payable to Yeaton or gift cards, can be sent to Lorie Merry at 3 Old County Road, Wiscasset, 04578.
“Wendy is a kind, caring, and thoughtful person who works hard at everything she does,” Lorie Merry said. “I would love to see our community get together and help her, even if they can only give $5. She would appreciate anything she receives.”
Frank Allen owns the property, according to Wiscasset tax records. His daughter, Samantha Allen, has started an online fundraiser to replace the well switch, which was destroyed in the fire.
According to the online fundraiser, Allen did not have insurance on the mobile home.
Due to the amount of damage the home received, it is unlikely the exact cause of the fire will be determined, Merry said.
“It’s possible it could have been electrical, but we’ll never be able to determine for sure,” Merry said.
The American Red Cross of Maine has been contacted to assist the tenant, who “lost everything in the fire,” Merry said.
The Alna, Dresden, Edgecomb, Pittston, Westport Island, and Woolwich fire departments assisted Wiscasset.