Holden home damaged in fire, cause unknown

Posted July 30, 2009, at 2:58 p.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — A single-story ranch at 485 Levenseller Road was heavily damaged Thursday in a fire of unknown cause.

Because of the extent of the damage, an investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to help determine how and where the fire started, Holden Public Safety Director Jim Ellis said.

According to Ellis, no one was home when the fire broke out shortly after noon. A passer-by spotted the flames and searched the home as his wife called the Fire Department.

When fire crews arrived, they found heavy flames at the south end of the house, Ellis said. Though the fire was brought under control in less than half an hour, the part of the house that wasn’t burned still had extensive heat and smoke damage. Fire crews stayed at the scene until about 5:30 p.m. to handle flare-ups.

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Though town records show the house belongs to Kyle Allen, Ellis said that it was not immediately clear who was living in it at the time of the fire or whether the house was insured.

Holden firefighters were assisted by crews from Eddington, Brewer and Dedham, Ellis said.

Orrington firefighters provided coverage for Holden until that town’s crews were able to return to their station, he said.

Ellis said no one was injured while fighting the fire.