June 06, 2020

Hartland family loses home to fire

HARTLAND – Five area fire departments fought a blaze on Canaan Road in Hartland on Wednesday afternoon.

It was the second time Charles and Barbara Gould lost a home to fire at the same location, said Hartland Fire Chief Timothy Emery. The first fire was in 1997.

Emery said Barbara Gould had just left the residence around noontime Wednesday when the fire was reported. He said the Goulds have four children, but no one was at home at the time of the fire.

The blaze apparently started in the living room area downstairs, and by the time firefighters arrived it had spread to the second-floor bedrooms. Firefighters were able to stop it before it consumed an attached garage. He said the home was a modern, two-story structure.

Emery said the fire was under control in one hour and firefighters from Hartland, St. Albans, Canaan, Corinna and Pittsfield responded.

“We needed that many fire departments to shuttle water from two, 21/2 miles away,” said Emery. No firefighters were injured.

The chief said the home was insured and that a state Fire Marshal’s Office investigator would be at the fire scene today to investigate the cause.

Correction: This article ran on page B2 in State edition.

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