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HAMPDEN, Maine — A wood stove is likely to blame for a fire that heavily damaged a house on Route 1A Monday afternoon, according to officials.
Crews from five communities were dispatched to 40 Main Road South shortly before 2 p.m., according to Hampden Fire Lt. Frank Coombs.
“Fire damage was held to the first floor near the wood stove,” he said.
One of the residents noticed the flames near the wood stove and called 911, according to Coombs. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which was under control in about a half hour.
Coombs said the house is an older structure, built in the 1900s at the earliest, and it’s likely unlivable due to heavy smoke and water damage.
“We made an outside hit as best we could, which seemed to knock it down,” said Coombs.
Firefighters from Hampden, Hermon, Bangor, Newburgh and Winterport assisted at the scene.