LEBANON, Maine — A fire near the New Hampshire border gutted a three-story building early Saturday morning.
Fire crews responded to the call at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday to a house at 147 Champion St. that was engulfed in flames, according to Lebanon fire Chief Skip Wood. The home is less than 100 yards from the New Hampshire border, he said.
“Half of it was involved [when we arrived],” Wood said Saturday afternoon.
About 35 firefighters from five towns responded to the fire, he said. The Berwick Fire Department assisted Lebanon at the scene, as did New Hampshire fire crews from Milton, Rochester and Wakefield. Acton crews covered Lebanon’s station.
No one was home at the time of the fire, he said.
The building is still standing, but much of the home is gutted, he said. An excavator was brought in to tear down parts of the building that was unstable.
Wood said the Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the fire.
“Fire marshal’s have already been there. They’re investigating it, but haven’t come up with a conclusion yet,” he said.
Because no one was home at the time of the fire and attempts to contact the owner have been unsuccessful thus far, Wood said the fire appeared strange.
“It just seemed a little odd,” he said. “Neighbors think it’s odd because people are in and out of it all the time. They didn’t know who was living in it. People that are there are new this spring.”
The fire was the largest the department had seen since last fall, he said.