CARIBOU, Maine — Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office were working Tuesday to determine what caused a fire early Monday morning that officials say a man was lucky to escape.

Caribou Fire Chief Roy Woods said Tuesday that the fire broke out at a Route 89 home in the Down Home Trailer Park. Firefighters were called to the scene just before 3 a.m.

According to Woods, Mike Fisher, who was renting the home, awoke after smoke began sifting through the dwelling.

“He had no smoke detectors in the home, so he was very lucky that he escaped this fire,” said the chief.

Fisher was able to scramble out his bedroom window along with his dog.

The Fire Department arrived on scene to find smoke and fire billowing out of the structure.

“We were on the scene for over two hours,” the chief said. “We had 14 people there fighting the blaze.”

Woods said Fisher was taken by the Caribou Ambulance Department to Cary Medical Center to be treated for lacerations and smoke inhalation. He was released shortly afterward.

The dwelling, which was owned by Linda Fortin, is still standing but was extensively damaged. There was no insurance, according to Woods.


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Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.