Lightning strike may have caused Baldwin fire
BALDWIN (WGME) – Firefighters say they believe a lightning strike caused a home to burst into flames in Baldwin.
It happened Wednesday night, just as strong storms were rolling through, giving six people no choice but to get out of their home as it started to burn.
Baldwin Fire Chief Jason Brown says due to the high volume of calls around the state from bad weather, towns that would normally respond weren't able to come, so they've had trouble with man power.
Right now there are seven surrounding towns assisting with this fire. Officials say they got the call around 8 Wednesday evening and responded within five minutes.
Fire officials say this is an old, single family home. Fortunately, all six people who were inside of the home made it out safely.
Crews have been cutting out metal pieces of the roof to let the fire breathe, the smell of smoke is still very strong.
They say the heat and bad weather have made things more difficult this evening, and believe lightning is what caused the fire.
"We believe with evidence on the back side of the roof that lightning struck the back side of the roof there and that's where we are at with that," Brown said.
Fire officials say Bridgton Road will be closed a little while longer while crews are present.