February 20, 2013

Sidney mobile home fire claims cats on Tuesday

Barbara St. Pierre, 69, of River Road loses home in fire

By Kaitlin Schroeder kschroeder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer


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A firefighter can be seen through burned-out windows and walls while fighting a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Sidney on Tuesday.

Staff photo by David Leaming

SIDNEY — A River Road woman lost her home and possibly three cats during a fire Tuesday afternoon. 

The woman, Barbara St. Pierre, 69, said she smelled smoke and found flames that reached the ceiling when she went to the far end of her mobile home. 

She called 911 after she left her home with her dog and one of her cats, but three other cats remained inside and are still missing, she said.

When firefighters arrived at the residence around 12:15 p.m., the mobile home was engulfed in smoke, and flames were coming through a cap in the roof, according to Sidney Fire Chief Richard Jandreau.

St. Pierre said she was having her furnace repaired Tuesday morning. The workers were on a lunch break when she discovered the fire in the room where the furnace was, she said. 

Jandreau said when firefighters arrived, the flames were mostly at the mid-point of the mobile home, while the furnace was in a room at the end of the home.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire. 

Jandreau said about 20 firefighters from Sidney, Belgrade, Oakland and Winslow responded to the fire call, as did a Delta Ambulances crew.

The home, at 2835 River Road, was insured, St. Pierre said. 

St. Pierre’s son, Lenny St. Pierre, said his mother will live with him for now. He said he left work to be with his mother and is relieved she made it out of her home uninjured. 

“That’s what’s most important. Everything else can be replaced,” he said.

Kaitlin Schroeder— 861-9252


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