May 23, 2018
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Princeton home destroyed in fire

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

PRINCETON, Maine — A one-story home on West Street was destroyed in an early morning fire Wednesday.

“It’s a total loss,” Fire Chief Grant Cilley said Wednesday. “It’s still standing, but just barely.”

According to Cilley, the fire at the home of Robert and Diane McLaughlin, who were away on vacation at the time, was reported about 1 a.m. by a passer-by who was on his way to work.

The fire’s cause remained unknown Wednesday but was not considered suspicious, Cilley said. He said that an investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was in town Wednesday to help pinpoint where and how the fire began but has not yet issued a determination to that end.

Cilley said more than 20 firefighters from Princeton, Indian Township and Baileyville, along with tanker trucks from Alexander and Topsfield, turned out to battle the fire and remained at the scene until about 6:30 a.m.

No injuries were reported, he said.

Cilley said the McLaughlins were notified of the fire by a family member and were on their way back home.

A dollar estimate for the loss was not immediately available, Cilley said. He also said it was not yet clear if the house was insured.


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