2017-03-20 / Front Page

OOB community steps up to help family displaced by fire

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Senior Staff Writer

OLD ORCHARD BEACH — The Old Orchard Beach community is coming together to help a local family of four displaced from their home because of a fire Saturday.

Firefighters from four communities fought the blaze at 19 Harmon Ave. in Old Orchard Beach.

According to the town’s assessing data, the home is owned by Maurice and Barbara Doucette.

One family member sustained second-degree burns and was treated at a local hospital and has since been released. Firefighters did not release the name of the injured individual.

Old Orchard Beach Fire Department Capt. John Fitzpatrick said firefighters were called to the ranch-style home around 5 p.m. Saturday. He said the fire was quickly knocked down by firefighters from his department, as well as the departments of Biddeford, Saco and Scarborough.

Fitzpatrick said the home is heavily damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigaiton by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The family’s pets perished in the fire.

The community has sprung into action to assist the family.

Old Orchard Beach High School Principal John Suttie urged those who wished to donate gift cards to bring them to the school on Monday. Loranger Memorial School also put out the word on their Facebook page, as did the Old Orchard Beach Recreation Department, Cub Scout Pack 250, and OOB365 organizer Shari MacDonald. 

Family friend Erica Albair has created a Go Fund Me page to help the Doucette family with financial assistance at gofundme.com/doucette-family. By 6 a.m. today, the effort had reached more than $8,000 of its $10,000 goal.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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