Investigation under way in barn fire

Posted Oct. 26, 2009, at 8:31 p.m.

ROBBINSTON, Maine — A fast-moving fire that destroyed a barn on Ridge Road early Sunday was so devastating that its cause is unknown.

Sgt. Timothy York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said Monday that an investigation revealed that the cause of the fire “is undetermined because of the extensive damage.”

The fire was discovered shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, York said, when owner Wayne Demmons’ dogs began barking and alerted him. The barn was already in flames.

Firefighters from Robbinston, Perry and the Red Beach division in Calais responded and remained at the scene for several hours.

York said there had been electricity to the meter on the barn but not inside the barn itself. At the time of the fire, horses that used the barn were outside but a number of chickens were lost in the blaze.

The fire occurred during a driving rainstorm that helped keep flying embers in check, witnesses said. No other buildings were threatened by the fire.