Freeport fire destroys garage, RV

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - An early morning blaze destroyed a garage and a recreational vehicle, but spared a family's home.

The fire at 92 Fernald Road was called into the Freeport Fire Department around 8:30 Sunday morning.

Freeport Fire Chief Darrel Fournier said that by the time responders arrived on scene, the garage and RV were fully involved.

Fournier added that 15 MPH winds lead to flames jumping approximately 10 feet to the house. Firefighters were able to knock down the flames on the hoke quickly, limiting damage to the home.  


Fitness competition brings out the best in people

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The YMCA of Southern Maine is holding a competition to find out who the fittest man and woman are, but building camaraderie and community may be the most important results of the event.

"I love working out and it is a great group environment," said Amanda Hemmerich, last year's women's champion.  "It is fun and I laugh a lot and it is definitely for the YMCA.  It is a great mission they have here with the children and the community."

Hemmerich says she had no idea what she was getting into when she signed up to compete for the first time two years ago.

"I was so humbled and blown away, they were just impressive to watch," she recalled. 

Once she took part, she was hooked.

Two fires in two days has Freeport neighborhood coming together

FREEPORT, Maine (NECN) -- A Freeport neighborhood is coming together to help two next door neighbors who lost everything when their homes caught fire in two separate fires within 24 hours.

Bob Argraves spent Monday morning looking at what was left of 3 Ware Road, the modular home he shared with his wife and two children. He said he had already left for work when he received a frantic call from his wife at 6:30 A.M. "The fire alarms went off. She grabbed the kids, then she went back to get the dogs, but there was just too much smoke," said Argraves.

Their two dogs, Roxy and Zeus, both perished along with the family's cat.

And while the walls were still standing on Monday, everything inside the home they rented was destroyed. It was the second time in less than 24 hours, Freeport firefighters had been called to the neighborhood..

Freeport fire caused by food left on stove

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A home was heavily damaged in a fire in Freeport Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to 5 Ware Road just before 1:30.  When they arrived they found heavy fire in the living room. They had the fire under control within twenty minutes.  Chief Darrel Fournier says the fire was caused by food left on the stove. He says this fire comes at a difficult time for the occupants.

"Unfortunately the homeowner cancelled his insurance a couple of months ago," Fournier said. "His wife passed away, I'm really sad that he's going through this. He lives here with his son. We have contacted the Red Cross and they will come out and assist them, give them a place to live.

Chief Fournier estimates the fire caused about 100 thousand dollars in damage.







Students take love for learning to new depths

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Four students at Freeport High School have taken their love for learning to a whole new level, forming their own business in an effort to design and build a remote operated vehicle that could be used far below the ocean's surface.

The three seniors; Liam Wade, Nicholas Nelsonwood, Travis Libsack and junior Josef Biberstein came together to work on engineering projects in school and realized they had a love for science and enjoyed working as a group. 

They decided to find a project outside the classroom to focus their attention on, and after extensive research and a couple ideas that didn't fly, they settled on making a remote controlled submarine.

Freeport farm awarded for agricultural contributions

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration is giving an award to the owners of a Freeport farm for their contribution to Maine agriculture.

LePage and Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb presented Ralph and Lisa Turner of Laughing Stock Farm with the award on Tuesday.

LePage says in a statement that the Turners helped express Maine farmers' concerns over federal rules to the Food and Drug Administration last year.

The award was presented at the Maine Agricultural Trade Show, which extends through Thursday. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.