Overnight fire destroys Paris home


PARIS — An early-morning fire destroyed a home Thursday and sent three residents to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

According to Paris fire Chief Brad Frost, the fire at 87 Durgin Road began around 2:30 a.m. The house was the rented home of Christopher and Mary Buckley and their two daughters, ages 15 and 17. The boyfriend of one of the girls was also in the home at the time of the fire.

All five escaped, but the two girls and the boy were taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway for smoke inhalation and treated and released.

“One had asthma, so it kicked off her asthma pretty bad,” Frost said.

The cause of the blaze is unknown. Frost said a state fire marshal was expected at the scene Thursday to investigate.

For the Buckley family, it was the second time in less than two years that a fire put them out of a home. In April of 2011, their more than 100-year-old house on Pikes Hill Road burned. Later that year, the Norway Board of Selectmen declared their property a “danger and a nuisance” and spent about $20,000 cleaning up debris. They had since moved to the rented home on Durgin Road in Paris.

Christopher Buckley delivers newspapers for the Sun Journal.

Frost said the Red Cross has been called to help the family, who lost everything they owned in the fire. “There was nothing salvaged,” he said.

The family is staying with an older son who has his own home. The fire happened on an especially cold night, when temperatures dipped down to 13 below zero and the wind chill made it feel even colder.

Frost said the homeowner, who lives in Oxford, has no insurance on the home.

The home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Frost said.

Firefighters from the Paris, Oxford, Norway and West Paris required nearly an hour to get the fire under control and more than two hours to extinguish. Oxford Fire Rescue and PACE also responded, and Waterford, Harrison, Hebron and Buckfield firefighters were on hand to fill in for Norway and Paris firefighters if necessary.

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