LINCOLN — A fire in Lincoln last night claimed the life of a 7-year-old girl.
Lincoln firefighters were dispatched to a Taylor Street home shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.
According to a Lincoln fire captain, a 7-year old girl, later identified as Adele Parent, was trapped in the back of the building and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A spokeswoman for the state fire marshal’s office said firefighters were able to locate her and remove her from the residence while battling the fire but she was already deceased at that time.
“Because of the time it took us to make that rescue, the fire advanced further and by the time they got her out, it was fully involved. There were flames about 30 feet through the roof,” said Capt. Kenneth Goslin.
Goslin said five family members of the deceased were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the sixth person was treated for a medical issue not related to the fire.
They all received medical attention and were released.
“We were really busy. We were fighting the elements because it was snowing. There was about 4 to 5 inches of snow in the street at the time,” said Goslin.
“Down at the end of the street where that fire was a dead end and it was very narrow. We were having a hard time getting our trucks back and forth to the side of the hydrant,” he said.
The community is trying to help and support the family. Donations of money, shoes and clothes are being accepted at local businesses including Streetlight Outreach in Bangor and the United Country Lifestyles Properties of Maine.
“We here at Wing Wah are taking monetary donations for the family who lost their home and part of their hearts,” said Michelle Beach, a waitress at Wing Wah.
Goslin said this is an ongoing investigation.
The state fire marshal’s office asked anyone who might have information about the fire to call the Department of Public Safety Communication Center in Bangor at 973-3700, Ext. 9, and ask for Investigator Whitney.