Hartland duplex damaged in fire

Staff report

Published: 03-14-2021 6:45 PM

HARTLAND — A duplex home dating back to 1920 was heavily damaged by fire late Saturday though one unit may still be habitable, according to Hartland fire officials.

Firefighters were called to 9 Gilson Farm Lane around midnight Saturday after the homeowner was alerted to the fire by barking dogs, Assistant Hartland Fire Chief Scott Bowers said.

“When he opened his bedroom door he came face to face with smoke and could see fire,” Bowers said. “He escaped out a bedroom window and then alerted his neighbors, the tenants.”

Nobody was injured in the fire, but firefighters had to return to the scene Sunday morning after it rekindled, Bowers said.

He said the owner’s unit is “pretty well destroyed,” but the tenants’ apartment appeared untouched by the fire.

Authorities turned off power to the building to fight the fire, so they are staying elsewhere for now, Bowers said.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, Bowers said, and State Police fire investigators are expected to be on the scene on Monday.

Hartland property records indicates the home was built in 1920 and purchased in 2019 for $214,000 by Ntando Mcintosh.

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