May 24, 2018
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Fire destroys house in Searsmont

By Tom Groening, BDN Staff

SEARSMONT, Maine — A fire of unknown origin destroyed a house on Route 3 on Tuesday. No one was hurt.

According to Searsmont firefighter Joel Cox, the blaze was reported about 11:30 a.m., possibly by the resident, Joyce Babcock, or a passer-by. Babcock was outside the house and may have seen smoke and called emergency dispatchers, he said. She is believed to have lived in the house with her husband.

The two-story house, estimated to have been built in the 1920s, is on the south side of Route 3.

“It was a total destroy,” Cox said, with the roof and exterior walls still standing after the fire was extinguished, but all interior walls gone.

Firefighters were unable to determine the cause of the blaze Tuesday afternoon. A fire investigator is expected to be on the scene Wednesday.

In addition to the Searsmont Fire Department, departments from Montville, Belmont and Morrill assisted, while departments from Appleton and Liberty stood by to cover for possible emergencies in the other towns.

None of the firefighters was hurt in fighting the blaze, which didn’t wrap up until about 4:30 p.m.

“They’re OK. Exhausted, but OK,” Cox said.

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