January 2, 2013

Monmouth woman homeless after New Years Day fire

MONMOUTH — One person is homeless after a fire damaged a house Tuesday on Route 135.

Monmouth Fire Chief Dan Roy said the fire broke out shortly before 1:30 p.m. at 627 Route 135 and probably was sparked by combustibles around a metal chimney attached to a wood stove.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

“It was a good stop,” Roy said. “I think the house is salvageable.”

The 11⁄2-story rental house is owned by Mark Rolfe and Mark Griswold. Celine Gagnon began renting the house within the past few weeks, Roy said. Firefighters were able to save most of Gagnon’s belongings, including furniture and a computer Gagnon uses for work.

“Most of the fire was contained to the enclosure (around the chimney) and spread up into the attic space,” Roy said.

He said smoke was billowing out of an eave when firefighters arrived. Once inside, crews found flames around the chimney.

Firefighters from Leeds, Wales and Winthrop helped Monmouth control the fire within an hour. Crews spent more than three hours cleaning up after it.

At 5:49 p.m., there was an accident on Western Avenue.
7:12 p.m., terrorizing was reported on Union Street.
10:03 p.m., a 19-year-old Farmingdale man was charged with theft and minor consuming liquor by police responding to a shoplifting complaint at the Circle K store on Eastern Avenue.
11:24 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Gage Street.
At 12:43 a.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct on Mill Street.
1:38 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported at Shenanigans on Water Street.
3:04 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Riverside Drive.
5:46 a.m., a disturbance was reported on State Street.
9:08 a.m., firefighters responded to an alarm at AC Moore on Crossing Way.
9:43 a.m., an assault was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.
9:56 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on North Belfast Avenue.
10:41 a.m., terrorizing was reported at Gray Birch Nursing Care on Gray Birch Drive.
10:48 a.m., theft was reported on Winthrop Street.
2:27 p.m., an assault was reported on Maple Street.
3:38 p.m., theft was reported at the Subway shop on State Street.
3:49 p.m., there was an accident on Glenridge Drive.
4:10 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on State Street.

Police responded to Damon’s Quick Stop on River Road after someone reportedly stole $23 worth of kerosene.
A 19-year-old woman was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after police responded to Hallowell Road for a report of a domestic assault.

At 4:22 p.m., there was as report of a recent burglary on Orchard Lane.

Dec. 25
There was a theft complaint in Pittston. The investigation is ongoing.

Dec. 26
Police responded to a report of a recent burglary on Vigue Road. The caller told police someone broke into his trailer and may have taken guns. The investigation is ongoing.

At 10:23 a.m., Mark Barry Melanson, 42, of Augusta, was arrested on a warrant a charge of theft by police responding to a shoplifting complaint at Hannaford on Cony Street.

Justin Foster, 21, was arrested on a charge of domestic criminal terrorizing by police responding to a report of a domestic disturbance on Lakeview Drive.

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