DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — A fire in an electrical light at Coves Edge, on the Lincoln Health Miles complex, forced the evacuation of one wing of the nursing home early Thursday morning. Damariscotta Fire Chief John Roberts estimates that 22 patients were evacuated by the Lincoln Health staff and CLC Ambulance.
The fire was contained to the attic space.
“The sprinkler system kept it under control until fire units got there and put it out,” Roberts said.
Roberts said firefighters used one dry chemical and one water can to extinguish the small fire. The fire burned roughly a six-foot-by-six-foot area in the attic.
The sprinkler system “caused a lot of water damage,” Roberts said.
Bristol and Newcastle fire departments responded with mutual aid.
“Most of the work was getting the smoke out of the building,” Roberts said. Firemen from the three departments used positive pressure fans to exhaust the smoke.
“We had a quick response by mutual aid departments. I was glad we were able to extinguish the fire without anyone getting hurt,” Roberts said.
The fire was paged out at 1:17 a.m., and fire personnel were on scene for about three hours. The fire marshal’s office was on scene “to do a report on the building,” Roberts said.