Officials Identify 7-year-old Victim of Lincoln House Fire
A Monday night house fire in Lincoln has claimed the life of a 7-year-old girl, and injured five other people.
UPDATE: Officials have identified the deceased as 7-year-old Adele Parent. Investigators ask that anyone with information about the fire contact the Department of Public Safety Communications Center in Bangor at 973-3700, extension 9, and ask for Investigator Whitney.
The fire on Taylor Street was called in at approximately 9:45 p.m. Monday. We spoke with Captain Goslin of the Lincoln Fire Department, who said the fire was reported as "well-involved" by the time the first crew arrived, three minutes after receiving the call.
Firefighters were immediately told, by the family, that they were missing a 7-year-old child, who was thought to be in a back bedroom. Crews intended to enter the fire to rescue her, but were unable to get through because of the intensity of the fire.
Captain Goslin said they were able to darken the fire at the back of the house enough to drop a handline to the side of the house. Within five minutes of the time they arrived at the scene, crews had the 7-year-old girl out of the building. Unfortunately, Goslin said, there was nothing that could be done to save her, at that point.
Five other people were transported to the hospital, three adults and two children. Goslin said their injuries were mostly due to smoke inhalation and were considered non-life-threatening. All five were treated and released from the hospital.
Monday night's snowfall and the fact that the house was on the end of a dead-end road made battling the fire challenging. Captain Goslin said investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office will be at the scene on Tuesday, trying to determine what started the fire.
We'll update this story as more details become available.