Suspicious fire destroys Grindstone wood cabin

Posted Dec. 14, 2009, at 9:18 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

GRINDSTONE, Maine — A fire that firefighters said appeared to be of suspicious origin flattened a summer cabin on Grindstone Road in this township Sunday night. No one was injured fighting the fire, Medway Fire Chief John Lee said.

A neighbor reported the fire at the single-story, two-bedroom wood cabin at 100 Grindstone Road at about 9:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived at 9:43 p.m., they knew immediately that they could not save the place, Lee said.

“The whole thing was [burning]. The left-hand side began to collapse so it was pretty well gone,” Lee said Monday.

An East Millinocket fire crew and a Mattawamkeag tanker truck helped Medway firefighters douse the flames, Lee said. The fire took three hours to douse. About 20 firefighters went to the scene.

Lee called the fire suspicious because no one was in the cabin at the time, though it had electricity. Its owner, Brian Badger, of Harrisburg, Pa., was not in the area, Lee said. A neighbor down the road was watching the place for the Badgers, Lee said.

Investigator Ed Archer is investigating the cause of the fire. The damage done by the flames was complete, said Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

“I would be willing to bet we’ll probably not know the origin or cause,” he said.

Firefighters battled slippery roads and limited visibility in getting to the fire, which occurred at the start of a heavy but brief snowfall Sunday night, Lee said. Firefighters also had to break through a chain gate across an access road to get to the building.

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