Fire destroys Blue Hill home

Posted Dec. 30, 2013, at 3:26 p.m.

BLUE HILL, Maine — The home of a man on Range Road was destroyed by fire Monday morning, according to the local fire chief.

Dennis Robertson said the fire was reported a few minutes after 10 a.m. Firefighters who first arrived at the scene reported heavy smoke coming out and flames inside when they arrived a few minutes later, the chief said.

The homeowner, Willis “Bill” Monroe, is in his 80s and was home at the time of the fire but escaped unharmed, according to Robertson. He said the cause of the fire is under investigation and that the state fire marshal’s office has been contacted.

The home remains standing but was heavily damaged by water and fire and is considered a total loss, according to Robertson. The air temperature at the fire scene was 28 degrees but, despite the below-freezing temperature, water flow was not a problem, he said.

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The chief said more than 30 firefighters went to the home, about 17 of them from Blue Hill with the rest coming from Brooklin, Penobscot and Sedgwick. The Orland Fire Department remained on standby at the Blue Hill fire station during the fire, he said.

Monroe is expected to stay with family in the midcoast area, Robertson said.

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