Fire Claims Tax Collector’s Home in Brooklin

BROOKLIN — Despite a quick response by local firefighters, an early-morning fire claimed the home of Brooklin Tax Collector Sharon Freethey Tuesday.

Brooklin Fire Chief Sam Friend said Freethey called in the fire, likely from a neighbor’s house, at 6:12 a.m. He said a call for mutual aid from Blue Hill and Sedgwick went out immediately, and firefighters arrived at the doublewide mobile home on Folly Road minutes later.

Freethey lived in the home with her husband, Luke, and their daughter. No one was inside when firefighters arrived.

Friend said the fire was knocked down by 6:45, but fire, heat and smoke damage resulted in a total loss to the structure. No cause had been determined at the scene of the fire. An inspector from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was scheduled to be at the scene to investigate the cause Wednesday morning.

Friend said the home was insured and the family had been put in contact with the Red Cross.

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Nicole Ouellette

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