May 21, 2018
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Cause of LaGrange house fire undetermined, investigator says

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LAGRANGE, Maine — A state investigator was unable to determine what started a weekend fire that destroyed a Bennoch Road home, leaving two people and five pets homeless, an official said Wednesday.

“I think we can tell you that it probably started in the garage area. But that’s it. I can’t tell you what caused it,” Sgt. Timothy York of the state fire marshal’s office said Wednesday.

About 30 volunteers from the Alton, Bradley, Hudson, Milo and town fire departments could not save the home at 5102 Bennoch Road from total destruction when the fire occurred Saturday night, Fire Chief Joseph Baker has said.

Firefighters arrived at the scene quickly but the fire apparently had been burning quietly for awhile or moved very fast. The first interior attack team got partially inside the front door before smoke, flames and exploding propane cylinders somewhere inside the two-story building drove them back.

Firefighters saved a camper and trailer from being more than slightly damaged by the flames, Baker said.

The homeowner told firefighters that he had been upstairs in the living room of the house when he heard smoke alarms sounding in the garage downstairs. Someone called 911, and he and his wife escaped with their three dogs and two cats, Baker said.

An investigator from the fire marshal’s office visited the scene on Monday. The damage made determining what caused the fire impossible, York said, calling the cause “certainly not suspicious.”

“The fire was nothing that caused us a whole great concern in that regard,” York said.

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