Overnight fire destroys empty New Vineyard home

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Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

NEW VINEYARD — Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s office began their work Friday morning to find the cause of an overnight fire that destroyed a home at 1814 New Vineyard Road.

The single-family home, owned by Wilfred Daggett Jr., has been empty for about four weeks, New Vineyard Fire Chief Douglas Churchill said.

Someone passing by on the road, also known as Route 27, noticed the fire at about 2:30 a.m. and reported it, he said. No one was living in the rental property, which is located next to Our Village Market.

When firefighters arrived, the home was fully involved, Churchill said.

A large shed and garage were so close to the home that they burned, but remained standing, he said.

There was a lot of damage, Ken MacMasters, an investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s office, said about the home which sat on a knoll above the garage and shed.

MacMasters had just started the investigation and had not determined the cause of the fire. Investigators were talking with the former tenants and the owner of the property, who is returning from an out-of-state trip, he said.

The house was insured, Churchill said. No one was injured during the fire and firefighters did not have any problems fighting the blaze.

Firefighters from New Sharon, Temple, Strong, New Portland and Farmington helped the New Vineyard department at the scene. The other departments were sent home about 6:30 a.m. Friday morning. New Vineyard firefighters stayed to watch for hot spots until nearly 8 a.m., the Chief said.

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