Fumes overcome firefighters at camp fire; 8 hospitalized

All responders were treated at a local hospital and later released

Portland Press Herald

PRENTISS, Maine — Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire at a camp in Prentiss that sent eight firefighters and a state trooper to the hospital Sunday morning.

“It was determined that meth (methamphetamine) had nothing to do with the fire. It was not a meth lab,” said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The fire in a camp on Tucker Ridge Road in the Penobscot County township was reported early Sunday morning, but by the time fire crews arrived, the occupants had fled, McCausland said.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office reported that the fire was very smoky and seemed to be emitting fumes that made emergency workers ill. Everyone was treated at a local hospital and released.

The fire started in the kitchen.

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