Early morning fire destroys Hermon house, barn

Posted Jan. 12, 2012, at 11:39 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 12, 2012, at 5:15 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — An unoccupied house and barn were destroyed by fire early Thursday morning.

Hermon Fire Lt. Chandler Corriveau said firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 2596 Route 2 at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, and when they arrived, the house was in flames and the attached barn had burned to the ground.

No injuries were reported.

“It was a vacant residence used for storage,” Corriveau said, noting that the man who owned the house wasn’t living there but was “in the process of cleaning the place up.”

Corriveau said the fire started in the barn and quickly spread to the house. Crews from Hermon, Levant, Carmel, Bangor, Glenburn, Hampden, Stetson and Newburgh battled the blaze.

The house was a total loss, according to Corriveau. He said the owner had insurance.

Crews were at the scene until about 7 a.m. Thursday, Corriveau said.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating what caused the fire. Portions of U.S. Route 2 were closed to traffic while authorities battled the blaze.

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