GORHAM – Firefighters rescued a dog from a fire that extensively damaged a home in a wooded area on Whipple Road in Gorham on Monday.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office was notified and cause of the blaze at 27 Whipple Road, which sustained extensive damage, is under investigation. Further details were not available.

Gorham residents have been on edge since a rash of unsolved arsons began in town in late March.

Gorham Police Chief Ronald Shepard said at the scene the home received “a lot of damage.”

Firefighters from Gorham, Standish and Windham responded to the fire. They battled the blaze with water pumped through hoses stretched from North Gorham Pond several hundred feet away.

A Whipple Road neighbor, Shannon Linehan, said she told firefighters a dog was in the home and that firefighters had saved it.

“No one was home at the time,” Lt. Christopher Sanborn of Gorham police said, but added owners had been notified.

Police at the scene did not release any names of owners for the property.

Debbie Fraser of 28 Whipple Road saw smoke and then flames coming from windows of the home. “I called 911,” Fraser said.

The North Gorham Fire Station at the intersection of North Gorham and Standish Neck roads is a short distance from Whipple Road. Fraser reported the fire about noontime. Firefighters arrived at 12:03 p.m., Fraser said.

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