MONMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fire engulfed a Monmouth mobile home hours after all three people who live there left for work, Tuesday morning.
The fire broke out in the home on lot 28 at a mobile home development on 15 Blue Rock Road around 8am, according to neighbors. Crews from departments from several surrounding towns responded, including Monmouth, Leeds, Greene and Winthrop. Fire officials believe the fire may have started on the underside of the home, but also say the home is a total loss. An official cause in under investigation.
The homeowners arrived as the fire was being knocked down. One of the family members who lived in the home said she doesn't think her cat survived the fire. Ed Pollard, Assistant Fire Chief of Monmouth Fire Department, said another man who also lived in the home is an area EMT known by many of of the firefighters who were on the scene.
The extreme cold Tuesday morning was the biggest challenge for the firefighters, excess water caused ice to form in the lines and on the road making for difficult and slippery conditions.
Water had to be pumped form nearby Bonny Pond in neighboring Leeds, right by where a Pan Am train derailed due to icy tracks. That derailment happened at 1am, giving firefighters from Leeds time to prepare for alternate routes to the fire in Monmouth.