WARREN, Maine — An inspector from the State Fire Marshal’s Office on Thursday investigated a fire that had consumed an old farmhouse on Anderson Road the day before.
A 14-year-old neighbor who was walking through the woods noticed the fire at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday. When firefighters arrived, the roof already had fallen in.
More than 35 firefighters from Warren, Union and Waldoboro fought the blaze for almost five hours, but despite their efforts most of the house was a loss, Warren Fire Chief Ed Grinnell of Warren said. The firefighters were able to save the building’s ell. No one was hurt while fighting the fire.
“It just got such a start,” Grinnell said. “It’s unknown what caused it, and there’s a good chance we never will know, because it’s so far gone.”
The 2½-story farmhouse was owned by Kim Leidenroth. No one was home when the fire began, and the fire chief said that as far as he knew none of Leidenroth’s horses or other animals was hurt.
The chief estimated that the replacement cost for the home would be at least $250,000, not including its contents. He said he didn’t know whether it was insured.