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SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Fire crews in Scarborough had their hands this morning during two big fires. The first one was called in around 5:41 Saturday morning.
The site of the blaze was a house inside of the Winslow Homer Road in the Prouts Neck section of Scarborough. When crews got there, the house was fully engulfed. By the time the smoke cleared, the house was a total loss. The homeowners, a man and woman, were able to get out of the house by jumping from their 2nd story window. They were both taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Scarborough had to call in mutual aid for the first fire, which turned out to be good timing.
While the crews were busy at the fire in Prouts Neck, another call came in for another fire nearby. This one was only a block behind the Oak Hill fire station on Westwood Avenue. The call came in less than thirty minutes later, leaving crews stretched thin.
Luckily, Portland and South Portland were already on their way to the first blaze. Those crews were able to tame the flames and keep them from spreading to nearby homes. The single family home didn't make it as the chief says the home is a total loss.
The chief says without mutual aid support, the outcomes would have been much worse.