Maine firefighters thwarted by unplowed driveway

AP News
Posted: Feb 26, 2015 8:38 AM

WOOLWICH, Maine (AP) — Firefighters had to helplessly watch a home in Maine burn to the ground because they couldn't get their fire trucks up the long unplowed driveway.

Fire Capt. Glen Kirkpatrick says firefighters were called to the home in Woolwich at about 9 p.m. Tuesday to find the house fully involved, with fire shooting from windows.

He says the quarter-mile driveway had not been plowed, so firefighters walked to the property and could do no more than monitor the fire. Within about a half hour, the two-story house collapsed. Firefighters were able to save a nearby shed.

The home's lone occupant made it out safely. His pet cat and dog were believed killed.

The cause is unclear but does not appear suspicious.