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Kennebunk crash under investigation

KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- On February 3, at approximately 3:05pm, Kennebunk police, fire, and Rescue personnel were dispatched to two separate crash scene locations in the areas of Alewive Road and Alfred Road.

PHOTOS: Crash under investigation

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. 

Kennebunk student suffered minor burns after cell phone caught fire

KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Friday morning teachers at Kennebunk Middle School reported an emergency situation in one of the 8th grade classrooms. A cell phone in the pocket of one of the students had caught on fire.

PHOTOS: Student suffered minor burns after cell phone caught fire

A 911 call was placed for emergency services, and EMTs and the fire department quickly responded.

The school initiated a hold-in-place while the EMTs cared for the student, and the fire department took the cell phone for evidence and further study.

The student was taken to Southern Maine Medical Center for evaluation and has been released. The student sustained minor burns and is doing fine.

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. http://bit.ly/1dOGUC9

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.