SABATTUS — Dozens of firefighters from four departments battled a blaze late Sunday that destroyed a Sabattus home.

The fire was reported about 8 p.m. according to a dispatcher with the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office. Firefighters from Sabattus, Lisbon, Greene and Wales were still on scene late Sunday night. The home is located on an unpaved section of Williams Road in Sabattus, which made it hard for crews to reach the location due to icy road conditions.

Chief Phil Lavoie of the Greene Fire Department said that a sand truck was brought in to make the road passable. He said that there were three staging stations — one directly at the scene of the fire, one about one-half mile up the dirt road where water tankers were staged and the one his crew was manning about one mile out. Traffic into the scene was limited to emergency personnel.

According to neighbors, the home is owned by Jeff and Cippa Flaherty. John Begin, who lives across the street, said that Jeff Flaherty was taken to Central Maine Medical Center after the two of them initially tried to go back into the house. Begin did not know of any other injuries, adding that Cippa Flaherty was not home when the fire started.

“They’re really nice people,” said Begin’s son, Nate, who was stopped by firefighters about one mile from the stretch of road where his parent’s and the Flaherty’s home are located. “I was just driving home, saw the lights, and they wouldn’t let us through. All they said was that it’s burning, and it don’t look good.”


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