Strangers save a woman from a burning house


Firefighters credit the quick actions of a group of neighbors and bystanders with saving a woman from a house fire in Richmond on Wednesday. Central Maine Power linemen Jeff Dyer and Adam Douin were working near Route 201 when they saw heavy smoke. They found the house on fire on Loon Drive and called 911. Shortly after, they noticed a woman trapped on the second floor. With the help of a few neighbours, including Edward Luebbert and Martin Naas, they were able to climb a ladder and help the woman to safety. “I can’t believe how fast it all happened,” Dyer said. “I’d like to think anyone else would do the same.” The two CMP linemen said Luebbert, who is a retired firefighter, was especially helpful in communicating with the woman, keeping her calm as she walked up the ladder. “The instinct just kicked in,” Luebbert said. “Everyone kicked.” The woman was taken to hospital with burns and the house was destroyed in the fire. Gardiner Fire Chief Richard Sieberg said the men saved the woman’s life and praised them for their quick actions. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters credit the quick actions of a group of neighbors and bystanders with saving a woman from a house fire in Richmond on Wednesday.

Central Maine Power linemen Jeff Dyer and Adam Douin were working near Route 201 when they saw heavy smoke. They found the house on fire on Loon Drive and called 911.

Shortly after, they noticed a woman was stuck on the second floor.

With the help of a few neighbours, including Edward Luebbert and Martin Naas, they were able to climb a ladder and help the woman to safety.

“I can’t believe how fast it all happened,” Dyer said. “I’d like to think anyone else would do the same.”

The two CMP linemen said Luebbert, who is a retired firefighter, was especially helpful in communicating with the woman, keeping her calm as she walked up the ladder.

“The instinct just kicked in,” Luebbert said. “Everyone pitched in.”

The woman was taken to hospital with burns and the house was destroyed in the fire.

Gardiner Fire Chief Richard Sieberg said the men saved the woman’s life and praised them for their quick actions.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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