RANGELEY — Firefighters were able to contain a fire Sunday morning at a residence on Judkins Road in Oquossoc to the living room area with some help from their own.

The fire started after a young teenager at the house accidentally set off a flare gun inside the log cabin owned by Pat Fairbanks, Rangeley’s new fire Chief Tim Pellerin said. Monday was Pellerin’s first day on the job in Rangeley and he used reports and information from acting fire Chief Steve Grant and retired fire Chief Rudy Davis who were on the scene to give the details of the fire.

The call came in about 8:30 a.m.

Fairbanks, retired fire chief of Yarmouth Fire Department, and his son, Chris Fairbanks, a captain with the Brunswick Fire Department, donned their safety gear and fought the fire with a garden hose until more firefighters could arrive, Pellerin said.

Pat Fairbanks is on the Rangeley Fire Department’s roster, Pellerin said.

About 13 firefighters and five trucks responded to the fire.

“Pat and Chris did a really good job keeping the fire contained,” Pellerin said.

The teenager was checked at the scene by NorthStar Emergency Medical Services personnel for minor burns on a hand. He did not need to be taken to the hospital, Pellerin said.

Damage is estimated at more than $75,000.

The fire damage was contained to the living area of the one-story house and there was heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the home, he said.

The property is insured.

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