KINGMAN, Maine — A local family is homeless after a fast-moving fire destroyed their ranch-style home early Sunday morning. No one was home at the time of the blaze, but several dogs died, according to Fire Chief Leo Moody.
Moody said he was notified of the fire shortly after 1 a.m. By the time fire crews arrived at the property on Route 170 near the railroad tracks, the whole back of the house was in flames.
“There was smoke rolling out all over the place,” Moody said.
The property is owned by Kingman resident Connie Keith, and was being lived in by her son Greg Keith, his wife, the couple’s four children and an infant grandchild, Moody said. All were away when the fire was reported.
As many as nine dogs were inside the home and were lost in the fire, Moody said, probably because of smoke inhalation.
In addition to the newer ranch-style home, there is an older house on the property that is used only for storage, as well as a barn. Neither structure was damaged. Two horses were taken from the barn by neighbors and led to safety.
In addition to the Kingman Fire Department, crews and equipment from Lee and Springfield responded. The State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate the cause of the fire this week. Moody did not know whether the property was insured.
“The family lost everything but what they had on,” he said. Neighbors and community groups have donated some clothing and other supplies, but two teenage boys remain in need of clothing.