CHARLESTON, Maine — A Charleston Road home was demolished early Wednesday morning by a fire that started in the cellar of the home.
The damage was so extensive that the fire’s origin could not be determined, Investigator Scott Richardson of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said Wednesday.
Homeowners Robert and Christy Goodwin and their 2-year-old child, who escaped from the 2:55 a.m. fire, ran to a relative’s home next door to report the fire, according to Charleston Fire Chief Keith Prescott.
Robert Goodwin suffered minor smoke inhalation after he attempted to re-enter the house to save the family’s dog, Richardson said. Goodwin did not require treatment. The dog ultimately escaped the blaze on its own, according to Richardson. Two cats were reported missing and it was unknown if they perished in the fire, he said.
Prescott said the fire was fully involved when firefighters arrived. Firefighters from Corinth, Bradford, Hudson, Glenburn and Alton assisted Charleston firefighters at the scene.
The 1½-story home with a full cellar was insured, Richardson said.