- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

WEST PARIS, Maine (AP) - Investigators say an improperly installed wood pellet stove caused a weekend blaze in West Paris that destroyed a home and displaced 21 people.

About 60 firefighters from more than a dozen surrounding communities responded to the blaze reported just before midnight Saturday.

Chief Norm St. Pierre says the fire started after an improperly installed wood pellet boiler caused the building’s vinyl siding to overheat.

The fire spread rapidly up the building’s walls into the attic and the home was fully engulfed within minutes.

There were no injuries.

The American Red Cross found emergency housing for the displaced residents, ten of whom are children.


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