Edinburg firefighters find footprints at scene of fire

Posted Jan. 29, 2009, at 6:19 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:07 a.m.

EDINBURG, Maine — Firefighters found footprints trailing from an Edinburg Road house when they arrived at the height of Wednesday’s snowstorm to fight the fire that destroyed the house, they said Thursday.

No one was home, and apparently had not been home for several hours, when the fire at a two-story gambrel at 691 Edinburg Road was reported at about 7:21 p.m., Howland firefighters and Penobscot Regional Communications Center dispatchers said.

The homeowner, Ty Ewer, told firefighters he had been in the house several hours earlier working on pipes, Howland Fire Chief Phil Dawson said.

The initial 911 caller reported fire coming through the walls, but when firefighters arrived, the fire had already started collapsing the roof.

“It definitely cannot be established from last night where it started because it was fully involved on arrival,” Dawson said Thursday. “It appears that it started upstairs because that is where it fell through first. All the other walls were more intact than the upstairs portions.”

The snowfall, which left at least a foot of snow in the area, impeded firefighters’ progress, Dawson said. It took about 10 minutes to cover the approximately three miles from the Howland station to the fire scene, which is opposite the Penobscot River about a half-mile from Passadumkeag.

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