PARKMAN, Maine — A fire that went undetected Monday until someone reported thick, black smoke in the air on Crow Hill Road demolished a double A-frame home, authorities said.
Investigator Scott Richardson of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, who inspected the fire scene Monday, said he was unable to determine the cause of the fire because of the extensive damage. He does, however, plan to return and continue to comb the site for clues once the site has cooled down.
Homeowners Russell and Tracy Corson, and their adult son, were not at home when the fire was reported at about 10 a.m. The couple had three dogs and only one, a small terrier, was found wandering around the property Monday afternoon, according to Richardson.
‘’It was fully involved and half of the house was caved in on itself’’ when firefighters arrived, Guilford Assistant Fire Chief Gary Grant said. ’’It had too big of a jump on us and there was no sense doing anything other than surrounding it and preserving it for the marshal.’’
Sparks ignited a small fire in a wooded section, but firefighters quickly extinguished that blaze, Grant said. He said the owners had some insurance coverage.
Firefighters from Sangerville, Dover-Foxcroft, Monson and Cambridge assisted Guilford firefighters. Mayo Ambulance personnel stood by at the scene.