Maine’s First Two Fatal Fires of 2016
The State Fire Marshal’s Office says two men has been killed in two separate fires overnight – in Gorham and in Waterville. The two deaths are the state’s first two fatal fires of 2016.
In Gorham, 55-year-old Barry Dunlap died after a fire broke out in the kitchen of his home at 8 Bear Run.
Fire Investigators say it appears he was deep frying on the kitchen stove when the oil caught fire and ignited the kitchen cabinets.
Investigators say it appears Dunlap attempted to put the fire out and suffered severe burns as a result.
He was found on the kitchen floor by firefighters and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The fire broke out about 6:45pm Sunday night after being discovered by a neighbor.
In Waterville Monday, the body of 60-year-old David Chamberlain was found by firefighters in the rubble of his mobile home on Pooler Parkway.
A neighbor discovered the fire about 3:30 am and the mobile home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
Investigators are still attempting to pinpoint the cause of the fire, which destroyed the mobile home. Chamberlain’s body was located near his bedroom.