Mount Vernon home, business destroyed by fire

Posted March 25, 2013, at 1:01 p.m.

MOUNT VERNON, Maine — The cause of a Sunday morning fire that destroyed a business and home on Bean Road is still undetermined.

An investigator from the state fire marshal’s office was expected to return to the scene Monday to help determine the cause, said Assistant Fire Chief Tony Dunn.

The fire is believed to have started in the first-floor workshop of owner Eric Whitehouse, who operates a kitchen cabinet business — Whitehouse Woodworks — from the site and lives on the second floor of the large, two-story building. The building was about 7 years old.

Whitehouse told firefighters he had worked in the workshop until Saturday evening.

Firefighters were called to 591 Bean Road about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Dunn said.

Whitehouse was woken by smoke detectors and escaped the fire with his dog. His wife was in Portland, Dunn said.

No one was injured, but everything was destroyed. The home and business reportedly were insured.

The American Red Cross was called Sunday to help the homeowners, Dunn said.

When firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames, Dunn said. Members of the department were there until about 8:30 a.m.

Mutual aid from Vienna, Readfield, Fayette, Wayne, Manchester and Belgrade departments helped the Mount Vernon Fire Department, Dunn said.