2016-11-04 / Local

Briefly

Family safe after
fire in kitchen

FROM STAFF REPORTS

DAYTON — Family members were able to return to their home unharmed after firefighters extinguished a fire in their kitchen Thursday morning.

Goodwin’s Mills Fire-Rescue responded to a report of a fire just before 4:20 a.m. Thursday at 11 Rumery Road after smoke detectors had alerted the family to smoke, according to a press release from Fire Chief Roger Hooper.

On arrival at the scene, crews found heavy smoke coming from the kitchen, according to Hooper.

He said it appeared that wooden-handled cooking utensils kept in a storage drawer at the bottom of the oven ignited when the oven was in use.

The family was able to return to the home, and none of the residents or pets were injured, said Hooper.

Firefighters from seven communities responded, said Hooper.

No firefighters were injured; fire companies had cleared the scene at 5:54 a.m. Thursday.

Hunters breakfast to take place Saturday

SACO —The North Saco Congregational Christian Church, at the corner of Flag Pond, Heath and Rocky Hill Roads in Saco is hosting a hunter’s breakfast Saturday from 4:30-11 a.m. The menu will include beans, bacon, eggs, toast, pancakes, home fries, pie, coffee and juice. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Roast beef supper to take place Saturday

SACO — Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 20 Jenkins Road in Saco, is hosting a roast beef supper Saturday from 5-6:30 p.m. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, string beans, and a strawberry shortcake for dessert. The cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children 5-12.

Police seek info in 1989 fire that killed teen

LEWISTON (AP) — The Maine State Police Unsolved Homicide Unit is seeking information about the death of a 14-year-old boy in a decades-old fire at a South Paris home.

The Sun Journal reports that police say Steven O’Neil had helped his stepparents and two younger stepbrothers escape the home before succumbing to smoke inhalation on Nov. 3, 1989.

An investigation had revealed that the fire was intentionally set with a flammable liquid. O’Neil’s death was considered a homicide. A suspect was interviewed in the case.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact state police.

USM investigates possibly racist graffiti

PORTLAND (AP) — Officials at the University of Southern Maine are investigating graffiti found in student senate offices that appears to express anti-Muslim sentiment.

The Latin phrase “Deus Vult,” which means “God Wills It,” was found on a desk and a wall. The phrase was a rallying cry for Christians during the Crusades and has more recently been adopted by alt-right political activists as an anti-Muslim insult.

University spokesman Bob Stein tells the Portland Press Herald  the incident is being investigated by campus security and a team from the office of the dean of students is investigating.

USM student body vice president Matt Raymond says the graffiti is an “act of criminal intimidation.” He believes it is a reaction to Muslim students asking for applications to Student Government to become senators.

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