Plymouth farmhouse destroyed in early morning fire

Posted Jan. 28, 2014, at 9:08 p.m.

PLYMOUTH, Maine — An early morning fire of undetermined cause demolished a two-story farmhouse on Lower Detroit Road early Tuesday morning, town fire officials said.

The fire at 119 Lower Detroit Road was reported shortly after 2 a.m., Fire Chief George Dean said Tuesday evening.

The building’s balloon framing and metal roof made for tough going for fire crews from Plymouth and eight surrounding communities, Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Sawtelle said.

“We had fire in the basement and fire coming out of the eaves at the same time,” he said.

Dean and Sawtelle said the homeowners’ names weren’t immediately available and that the farmhouse was insured.

No injuries were reported, they said.

The cause and origin of the fast-moving fire remained unknown Tuesday night.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is expected to be on the scene Wednesday morning to conduct an investigation.