Fire destroys Washington home, cause unknown

Posted Jan. 19, 2013, at 5:50 p.m.

WASHINGTON, Maine — The cause of a fire that destroyed a home that was under renovation is not known because of the extent of the destruction.

The one-and-a-half story Cape on the Jefferson Road, also known as Route 126, was destroyed Thursday morning.

The house was not occupied but a couple from Windsor had planned on moving in within a week or two, said Washington Fire Chief Tom Johnston. The property is owned by Kevin Hix of Windsor, according to registrar of deeds records.

The fire was reported by someone driving past the house shortly after 4 a.m. When the first firefighter arrived, he reported the house had already collapsed into the cellar.

The destruction is so great that no cause has been able to be determined, Johnston said. The state fire marshal’s office also assisted in the investigation.

He estimated the fire likely started around midnight to have caused that much damage by 4 a.m. Only the chimney remained standing.

The house was insured. The Hix family also lost personal belongings that were in the house.

There were no injuries, the chief said.

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