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Fire damages home on Jamie Drive

First arriving Wakefield crews went to work and made a quick knock down of the main fire Kathleen Chagnon- Farmington Fire Department. (click for larger version)
June 03, 2009
WAKEFIELD — A fast-moving fire nearly destroyed a single-story three-bedroom home on Jamie Drive, located off Stoneham Road, on Saturday.

Wakefield Fire and Rescue Lt. Sam Morrill reported that the call came into the station at about 4:37 p.m. at 294 Jamie Drive, which is located off Stoneham Road (off Route 16) in North Wakefield. The home's residents, identified in published reports as Scott and Cindi Trentsch, daughters Joanne, 21 and Colleen, 19 and 15-month-old granddaughter, were not in the house when the fire broke out.

Lt. Morrill said the state Fire Marshal has thus far listed the fire's cause as "undetermined" but that it appears the blaze started in the front porch area and quickly extended into the roof and insulation of the post and beam home.

When firefighters arrived there were flames visible on the porch and roof and towards the back of the house.

Officials called a second alarm for additional fire fighting power, and in all department from seven departments and Frisbie Hospital's paramedics assisted. Departments from Ossipee Corner, Center O ssipee, Middleton, Farmington, Wolfeboro, Newfields, Maine and Acton, Maine, assisted. The Wakefield Police Department assisted with traffic and crowd control, and at the onset police officers helped stretch out hoses. A water tanker truck shuttled water from a nearby pond.

One female firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion, Morrill said.

Lt. Morrill said the type of structure made it a challenging fire.

"Basically the type of construction where it was post and beam… they had foam insulation in the roof, which made it difficult and we had to pick it apart. There was extensive overhaul … we had to pull apart roof truss to get at the fire."

He said the Farmington Fire Department's ladder truck assisted firefighters get access to the roof. He said the extent of damage to the roof was significant and the house overall is repairable, but suffered extensive smoke and water damage. "The interior is pretty well preserved; we had put out salvage covers," he said and some items were pulled out.

He said the roofing material was asphalt shingle and the siding was composite shingles. The home was one story with a full basement.

The Red Cross was on the scene to assist the family but it was reported that the family stayed with a friend Saturday night. The fire was deemed "under control" by about 6 p.m.

A relief fund has been established, according to a woman who called the newspaper office earlier this week. Donations can be made in person at any local Citizens Bank branch to the Trentsch Family Relief Fund.

This was the second major fire reported in Wakefield in as many weeks. On May 22, fire destroyed the home of Vincent Brooks and Cynthia DeBow on Pigeon Hill Road in Union. A relief fund was established to assist this family and donations can be made to the Brooks and DeBow Fire Fund, Profile Bank, Sanbornville Branch, 65 Meadow Street, Sanbornville, NH 03872.

Tilton School
Martin Lord Osman
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