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WINTHROP, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Winthrop Fire Chief Dan Brooks says 4 people are very lucky to have escaped a fire early Saturday morning.

Chief Brooks says a fire started at a one and a half story home at 4 Pine Knoll Road in Winthrop. Brooks says it appears the fire started on an exterior bulkhead and travelled up the exterior of the home into the attic and 2 rooms, one on each floor.

Brooks said the family of 3 and a friend were able to escape the fire but were very lucky. Brooks said "the last person, a teenage boy, escaped down a stairway that became impassable a couple minutes after he escaped."

The Winthrop Fire Chief has told NEWS CENTER that the fire is being ruled arson.They are currently following leads, and they do not believe this was a random act.

Officials say while the home is not a total loss, it currently is uninhabitable. The American Red Cross is helping the family find temporary shelter.

Brooks said the incident escalated quickly but help from over 40 responders from Monmouth, Manchester and Augusta helped control the blaze and save the property.

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