HUDSON, Maine — A Tuesday early morning fire got a good jump on firefighters in a home not easily visible from the road.
Firefighters from the Hudson volunteer fire department responded to the blaze at the end of Pine Grove Road, which runs off the Hudson Road, around 12:15 a.m., but when they arrived, the two-story house was already visibly destroyed, according to Hudson assistant fire chief Josh Lilley.
“I took the initial call and the report we got was that the home had already collapsed when the call came in,” said Lilley. “Some of the other crews from Corinth and Bradford could already see it in the sky while they were on the road in their own towns.”
No one was home at the time of the fire.
“As a matter of fact, the homeowner had returned home and was the one who called it in,” Lilley said.
Not even the home’s framework was intact as fire units from Hudson, Bradford, Glenburn and Corinth responded to the blaze.
The fire was totally extinguished after about 90 minutes and crews finished cleanup 2 ½ hours after initially responding.
Sgt. Tim York and fire investigators combed through the debris Tuesday, but no cause was determined because of the extent of the damage. The house was insured.
This is the first house fire of the year for the town of Hudson.