November 10, 2013

Prouts Neck home blaze appears to be accidental

The fire in the $4.2 million home is one of two that destroyed Scarborough residences Saturday.

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH — A fire that destroyed an oceanside home on Prouts Neck early Saturday morning does not appear to be suspicious.

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A Saturday morning fire destroys the residence at 29 Winslow Homer Road, which is located in a private gated community overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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The fire at 29 Winslow Homer Road destroyed the residence, which is located in a private gated community overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Two people – described as elderly – jumped from a second-floor window to escape the fire. Their injuries are not life-threatening. Their identities were not available Sunday night.

“I suspect that fire is going to be accidental based on the fact that (the house) was occupied and that the occupants had to flee to safety,” State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas said Sunday.

Town records show that the home is owned by Kenyon Bolton III. Bolton could not be reached for comment Sunday night. The 12-room home is valued at $4.2 million by the town.

Scarborough Fire Chief Michael Thurlow said the town’s resources were pushed to the limit Saturday morning when a second fire at 38 Westwood Ave. broke out 28 minutes after crews responded to the Prouts Neck fire.

The Westwood Avenue residence, which was unoccupied, is on a side street just a few hundred feet from the Scarborough fire station at Oak Hill. Thurlow said Portland firefighters, who were providing mutual aid, were just pulling into the Scarborough fire station when the town received a report of the Westwood Avenue fire.

“It worked out great that Portland was pulling into our station. The only bad thing was the Westwood Avenue home had been burning for a while,” Thurlow said.

The home on Westwood Avenue was destroyed.

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