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Fire chief burns down his own house while trying to destroy barn

By Mason White 4:23 PM May 13, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
A fire chief who usually saves houses from being destroyed, accidentally burned down his own house, police in Maine said.

The fire chief in Paris, took out a permit to destroy a dilapidated barn, but the fire ended up gutting the neighboring unoccupied house located on High Street.

No one was injured and no one was living in the house at the time the fire broke out. The house had been emptied of its furnishings, according to its owner, Willie Buffington.

According to the police investigation, the fire quickly engulfed the house, which had been empty for about a year.

Buffington, who has worked for over 50 years as a firefighter in Paris, said he obtained a permit to destroy the remains of the barn.

From the barn, the flames ignited the nearby house, which was described as old and dry.