Fire destroys home in Gray

GRAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fire has destroyed a home on Weymouth Road.

Firefighters responded to reports of a house fire at around 8:30 Monday morning.  When they arrived, the house was fully involved and the family of six had made it out safely.

The family said the fire started in the laundry room, but firefighters are unsure of how it started. The family tried to extinguish the fire themselves, but were unsuccessful and called for help. Firefighters from surrounding towns came to help fight the fire. The fire chief said the home is a "total loss." As of 11:30am Monday, the firefighters are still putting out hot spots.

2014 BikeMaine route revealed

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Cycling enthusiasts and community organizers joined members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine as the route for the 2nd annual BikeMaine Ride was unveiled.

The week-long, community based cycling tour of the Pine Tree State is designed to help expose riders from Maine and afar discover sections of Vacationland that are off the beaten path and provide a boost to the state's economy during the lull that occurs after summer vacations and the influx of leaf peepers in the fall.

The 350 mile ride will begin in Westbrook on September 6th.  From there, riders will travel into the western mountains to Norway, before crossing over to Winthrop and Gardiner in central Maine.  Riders will then head towards the coast, staying in Boothbay Harbor for two nights, before working their way south to Bath and ending the week where they started back in Westbrook.

Fifth Quarter Friday: Scores & Highlights

NEWS CENTER - We've got highlights from 15 games across Maine on the second-to-last Friday night as teams vie for playoff berths, positioning, and byes.  Here are the scores from across the state. 

Six things to do this weekend

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you're looking for a few things to add to your schedule this weekend, here's a list of WCSH6's Six Things to do This Weekend.

1. WINE TASTING - Wine connoisseurs may want to consider spending Saturday afternoon at the Browne Trading Market in Portland. The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. on February 1. The market promises that their knowledgeable staff will be there to answer questions and assist those looking to purchase that perfect bottle.

Shortage of volunteer fire fighters impacting departments across Maine

BUXTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In many towns throughout Maine, volunteers make up the majority of the fire personnel called upon in an emergency, but over the past few decades, the number of volunteers willing to sacrifice their time and energy has plummeted.

"We tend to use the word volunteer loosely. People here are employees of the town. They are paid to go to calls, to go to trainings," explained Buxton Fire Chief Nate Schools.

But despite incentives such as paid training, and being paid for the hours spent responding to calls and in the classroom while obtaining needed certifications, many departments are struggling to keep their trucks staffed.

"We lose people over time because they don't have the time to commit to training, and to the increase of call volume that we are having on both the fire and rescue side of the department," said Schools.

Fifth Quarter Tuesday Highlights & Scores: Jan. 28

NEWS CENTER - The Fifith Quarter had highlights from ten games across the state.  The rest of the finals are listed below. 


Cycle4Care:Spinning for the health of others

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For fifteen years, the Cancer Community Center has helped cancer patients and their loved ones turn a cancer diagnosis into something that makes them stronger.

"Friends and family want to help, but they don't really know what you are going through," explained Michele Johns, executive director of the center, which offers wellness classes, support groups and art programs to anyone impacted by cancer free of charge.

"We've found that peer-based support, people who have had that or have had similar experience, really add so much more to the recovery," she added. 

Katie Hawkins' father, a well-known educator in southern Maine, was diagnosed with cancer in 2000.  Her father and her family turned to the center for help.