Cause of Hampden house fire is electrical

Posted Jan. 21, 2011, at 9:31 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — An investigation led by the State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the cause of a fire Wednesday that destroyed a portion of an 1875 farmhouse on Manning Mill Road.

According to Sgt. Tim York, the cause was accidental and electrical in nature.

Tony Francis said Thursday morning that he had no clue what could have started the fire.

Francis, who purchased and moved into the farmhouse on Oct. 1 with his girlfriend and the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, said he is relieved no one was hurt in the blaze and thanked firefighters, who saved two of the couple’s pets from the flames.

Francis and his girlfriend went home Thursday morning to go through the debris.

“It’s in bad shape,” he said by cell phone. “Nothing is salvageable.”

The fire originated in a storage shed attached to the back part of the house that was accessible only from the outside, the homeowner said.

The fire was reported at around 4 p.m. Wednesday and fire crews from Hermon, Newburgh, Bangor and the Maine Air National Guard assisted Hampden. They worked into the night to extinguish the blaze and local firefighters returned to the structure on Thursday morning because a hot spot flared up, Francis said.

The green, two-story, wood-frame home is insured and the insurance inspector was expected to arrive Thursday, he said.

In addition to the couple and their daughter, “we had a guest staying with us, and she lost her stuff, too,” Francis said.

BDN writers Dawn Gagnon and Nok-Noi Ricker contributed to this report.

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