HANCOCK, Maine — Investigators aren’t sure what caused a fire that destroyed most of a home on Point Road on Sunday evening, but they think it may have started in the kitchen area, according to the fire chief.
Chris Holmes, Hancock’s fire chief, said Monday that the homeowner lives in Connecticut during the winter but had been in the house at 913 Point Road earlier Sunday.
The blaze was reported around 4 p.m. by a passerby who saw smoke and flames coming out of the house, he said.
“I don’t know for sure yet, but we think it was in the kitchen area,” Holmes said. “The whole house [interior] was finished with pine [boards].”
Holmes said the home was insured and guessed that the fire caused $200,000 in damage. Part of the cellar was finished and could be salvageable, he said, but the main floor and second floor were largely destroyed.
The Red Cross has been in touch with the homeowner, Holmes said. Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office were at the fire scene on Monday to help determine the cause, he said.
Holmes said approximately 35 firefighters from five towns responded to help extinguish the blaze. Hancock, Franklin, Lamoine, Sorrento and Sullivan all sent personnel to the scene. County Ambulance also was there to assist and helped a firefighter who slipped and hurt his knee, he said. The firefighter did not have to be taken to the hospital.
Firefighters cleared the scene at about 7:30 p.m. and were at the fire station cleaning up and stowing their equipment until about 10 p.m., according to Holmes.