State officials determine arson cause of Newport fire

Posted July 25, 2011, at 3:05 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — The State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that arson was the cause of a July 12 blaze that engulfed a double-wide mobile home at 60 Downwind Blvd.

“We’re still working on it,” said Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. “We haven’t made any arrests or anything like that at this point in time.”

No one was injured in the fire as the home’s owner, James Winn, was staying in a hotel and his wife was not home at the time.

The blaze broke out in the early morning of July 12, when a neighbor noticed the flames at around 2:30 a.m. and dialed 911.

Crews from Newport, Pittsfield, Corinna, Plymouth, Etna and Detroit battled the fire.

Downwind Boulevard is a dead-end dirt road in the southeastern part of town, located off Route 7. The home that was destroyed was near the end of the road and had a for sale sign in front of it.