VIDEO: ME Firefighter Narrowly Escapes Fall at Victorian House Fire

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By Craig Crosby

Gardiner (ME) — A sprawling Victorian home overlooking the Kennebec River was destroyed Wednesday by a fast-moving fire that took crews several hours to douse.

Nobody was hurt in the fire at 37 Riverview Drive, though a firefighter walking near the ridgepole on the roof narrowly escaped when the roofing beneath him gave way, causing a ball of flames to erupt around him. The firefighter was able to scramble quickly to safety and back onto a ladder with help from fellow firefighters. Gardiner Fire Chief Al Nelson said the man was not injured.

Nobody was home when the fire broke out around 3:15 p.m. Nelson was unsure how many people live in the home or whether it was insured. Nelson said the three-story home is a total loss.

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