FRANKLIN, Maine — A home on Route 182 was destroyed in a fire early Sunday morning, but no one was home at the time, according to the local fire chief.
Both a neighbor and a passerby contacted the fire department a few minutes after 3 a.m. Sunday when they saw flames coming out of the house, located on Route 182 about a mile away from the Hancock town line, Franklin Fire Chief Robert Grindle said.
“By the time we arrived, the roof was caving in,” Grindle said Sunday morning.
Grindle said the homeowner, Shane Jordan, was away visiting relatives at the time. No people or pets were in the house during the fire, he said.
The house was insured, according to the fire chief.
Approximately 30 firefighters from Franklin, Eastbrook, Hancock, Sorrento and Sullivan responded to the fire, Grindle said. Route 182 where it passes the house was closed for a couple of hours this morning as crews fought the fire. Fire crews fought the fire from the outside until it was extinguished and were at the scene until about 9:30 a.m.
Grindle said no other structures were threatened by the fire. The nearest house is a couple hundred yards away on the other side of the state highway, he said.
Damage from the fire is too extensive for the local fire department to determine how it started, the chief said. The state fire marshal’s office is expected to inspect the fire scene on Monday.
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