Saturday, March 8, 2014
Augusta car crash causes power outage
Staff photo by Andy Molloy SAVED: Firefighters prepare to enter a Jefferson home Monday where a fire damaged the interior. No injuries were reported.
AUGUSTA — A car crash about 6:30 a.m. Monday sent at least one person to the hospital by ambulance and cut off power to customers an area off Leighton Road.
Augusta police investigated the accident in which a vehicle struck a telephone pole and split it in half near the intersection with Old Winthrop Road.
The creash caused a power outage of less than an hour, and the pole had to be replaced, according to Central Maine Power Co.
Contractors help slow Jefferson fire
JEFFERSON — Fire officials credited a trio of quick-thinking contractors for saving a Hallowell Road home from a Monday morning fire.
Fire Chief Walter Morris said nobody was hurt in the fire at 151 Hallowell Road, but that the two-story home sustained moderate damage. Morris said he believes the home, which was unoccupied and under renovations, can be repaired. Morris did not immediately know the name of the homeowners, who live in New York, or whether the home was insured.
The fire broke out a little before 9:30 a.m., in a first-floor closet that enclosed a chimney and plumbing. The fire spread to the second floor and into a small section of the attic. Firefighters doused the flames within minutes of arrival, but there was some damage as crews cut out sections of wall and beam to water down hot spots.
Morris said three workmen were in the house when the fire broke out. The men tried the extinguish the flames with snow, which Morris said helped slow the fire’s spread.
“They stayed until the smoke drove them out,” he said.
Most importantly, the men closed the door on their way out of the house, which limited the fire air supply and helped keep it in check.
Morris said the home was heated by a wood furnace in the basement that had duct work leading to the closet area. He believes furnace spared the fire.
Firefighters from Waldoboro, Washington, Whitefield and Windsor responded with Jefferson to the blaze. Pittston and Nobleboro firefighters were on their way but turned around when the fire was quickly extinguished.
Thursday: A 40-year-old man was charged with operating after suspension, operating a vehicle with an expired registration more than 150 days, and displaying false registration stickers.
Saturday: Two people were charged by police responding one of two crashes on Interstate 95.
Sunday: At 8:46 p.m., there was a traffic complaint on Green Street.
Monday: At 12:58 a.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct on Eastern Avenue.
2:17 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Eastern Avenue.
4:34 a.m., police and rescue responded to a report of an attempted suicide on Tasker Road.
6:32 a.m., injury was reported after a crash on Leighton Road.
7:56 a.m., there was an accident on South Belfast Avenue.
8:25 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Eastern Avenue.
9:07 a.m., mischief was reported on Western Avenue.
9:15 a.m., a burglar alarm sounded at Little Caesars on Western Avenue.
12:49 p.m., theft was reported at Burger King on Western Avenue.
1:41 p.m., a hit-and-run accident was reported on Western Avenue.
3:35 p.m., theft was reported at the Big Apple on Civic Center Drive.
4:46 p.m., an intoxicated person was reported at Pizza Hut on Western Avenue.
5:12 p.m., there was an accident on Civic Center Drive.
5:35 p.m., trespassing was reported at Walgreens on Water Street.
6:04 p.m., there was an accident on Civic Center Drive.
Saturday: At 6:43 p.m., there was an accident on Route 27.
Sunday: At 12:51 p.m., an alarm sounded on Manchester Road.
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