Nighttime blaze destroys vacant Cherryfield house

Posted Jan. 22, 2011, at 5:39 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:20 a.m.

CHERRYFIELD, Maine — A fire on Main Street destroyed a vacant home Friday night, according to local officials.

No one was living in the house at the time of the blaze, according to firefighter Dan Farnsworth. The home is in Cherryfield’s village and overlooks the Narraguagus River.

Fire Chief Charles Curtis Jr. said Saturday his department has been unable to determine how or where the fire started. He said investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office are expected to examine the damage on Monday.

The fire was reported around 8:30 p.m. Friday. Approximately 25 firefighters from Cherryfield, Deblois, Milbridge and Steuben helped fight the blaze, Curtis said.

According to Farnsworth, an abutting property owner heard a noise shortly before he noticed the blaze.

“The next-door neighbor said he heard a bang, and the next thing they knew, it was on fire,” Farnsworth said. “It was a fully involved structure fire when we got there.”

A power line that served the house was lying in Main Street when firefighters arrived, he said.

Curtis said a local man owns the home and has been renting it out, but that no one had been living in the house for the past several months. He said he assumed the home was insured.

Firefighters said Friday’s snowy weather had a slight effect on the response to the fire, especially for water trucks. The roads were “slippery,” Curtis said, and firefighters had to deal with cold conditions outside the burning home.

It was still snowing when firefighters arrived at the scene, but the snow stopped while they were still there, the chief said. He said fire crews had the flames extinguished and left the scene by approximately 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

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