Damage too severe to determine cause of Mattawamkeag fire

Lincoln Fire Department Lieutenant Frank Hammond, right, turns away from another firefighter who awaits water for his hose line at a fire on Depot Street in Mattawamkeag on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Lincoln Fire Department Lieutenant Frank Hammond, right, turns away from another firefighter who awaits water for his hose line at a fire on Depot Street in Mattawamkeag on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Posted Aug. 01, 2014, at 6:25 p.m.
Firefighters from several towns fought a fire on Depot Street in Mattawamkeag on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Firefighters from several towns fought a fire on Depot Street in Mattawamkeag on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine — The cause of the fire that destroyed a Depot Street home on Thursday, leaving a family homeless, will be logged as undetermined, an investigator said Friday.

The damage was too extensive to allow investigators to discover what started the fire, said Sgt. Tim York of the Maine State Fire Marshal’s office.

A firefighter spotted the flames from the station at about 1:45 p.m., but the fire at 11 Depot St. was so far along when firefighters arrived at the scene that they couldn’t save the house.

The flames already had burned up a rear wall into the ceiling and attic area, firefighters have said.

The house, a two-and-a-half-story wooden structure built in the 1800s, was declared a total loss.

No one was home at the time. Members of homeowner Richard Norris’ family were either working or at a doctor’s appointment, firefighters have said.

Firefighters from East Millinocket, Lee, Lincoln and Medway assisted town firefighters in dousing the flames and shuttling water to the scene with a tanker truck. The fire wasn’t reported under control until about 5:25 p.m.

Fire marshal’s office investigators went to the house on Thursday night, York said.

 

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