A HOME at 760 White Road in Bowdoinham was destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning.

A HOME at 760 White Road in Bowdoinham was destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning.

BOWDOINHAM

A couple escaped a fire that destroyed their home at 760 White Road in Bowdoinham Tuesday morning.

No injuries were reported.

Bowdoinham fire department was alerted just before 8:30 a.m., but the house was already consumed in flames by the time firefighters arrived, Fire Chief Arthur Frizzle said.

The two-story home, and its two-car, two-story attached garage, are a total loss.

The home belonged to Peter and Nikki Sullivan.

Firefighters saved some tools and personal belongings before the garage burnt, but weren’t able to salvage anything else.

“Unfortunately, we ran into some mechanical issues with the (water) supply trucks that drastically affected what we were able to do at the beginning of the operation,” Frizzle said. “When we most needed it, we were down and out.”

In a rural area with no hydrant system, neighboring fire departments provided tankers. Frizzle said the time of day and location also hampered efforts.

“We just don’t have the crews that we need to fully fight a fire anywhere in this area,” he said.

Topsham, Bowdoin, Richmond, Litchfield and Dresden fire departments responded to help Bowdoinham firefighters.

An investigator with the state fire marshal’s office was on the scene to determine what started the fire, which Frizzle said initially appeared to be related to a wood stove.

The American Red Cross responded as well.

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