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Camden home destroyed by fire, cause undetermined

By Stephanie Grinnell | Jun 16, 2014
Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell This ranch-style home on Sherman Point Road in Camden was destroyed by fire June 14.

Camden — A son could only watch as his mother's home of 40 years was destroyed by fire Saturday, June 14.

The home at 32 Shermans Point Road is considered a total loss, according to Fire Chief Chris Farley. The homeowner, later identified as Frank Carr, was not home at the time of the fire but arrived soon after fire crews, Farley said. Carr had just moved into the house in December but it has belonged to his parents and sister for decades.

"We do not have a cause of the fire," Farley said June 16.

He said it is likely the cause of the fire will never be known but it is not considered suspicious.

Farley said four photo albums were salvaged by firefighters and additional items may be recovered from a bedroom furthest away from the majority of the fire.

"I think he is going to be able to salvage some of his personal items," Farley said.

Carr does have insurance and was staying with neighbors, according to the fire chief, who added an insurance agent was expected to arrive Tuesday. The original mobile home was placed on the property in 1961, Farley said, and had a number of additions. Those additions presented a few problems for firefighters dousing the flames, as portions of the home had three layers of roofing, he said.

A passer-by reported smoke coming from the home just before 10 a.m. Carr lived in the home alone and did not have pets. There were no injuries reported. It took firefighters more than an hour to get the flames under control but most personnel had been cleared to leave the scene of the fire by 11:30 a.m.

Fire departments from Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Hope and Union responded to the scene or as stand-by at Camden Fire Station as well as a crew from North East Mobile Heath Services.

Rockport firefighters operate the truck supplying water during a fire at 32 Shermans Point Road in Camden June 14. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Firefighters battle flames coming from a house at 32 Shermans Point Road June 14. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Firefighters at the scene of a Shermans Point Road fire that destroyed a home June 14. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Firefighters battle flames coming from a house at 32 Shermans Point Road June 14. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley and Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley at the scene of a fire June 14. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Firefighters battle flames coming from a house at 32 Shermans Point Road June 14. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
A portion of the roof succumbs to fire. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Firefighters battle flames coming from a house at 32 Shermans Point Road June 14. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Fire apparatus lines Shermans Point Road as multiple departments fight a fire June 14. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
(Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Firefighters at the scene of a fire at 32 Shermans Point Road remove air packs with the help of North East Mobile Health Services personnel. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Firefighters finish dousing flames inside 32 Shermans Point Road June 14. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
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Stephanie Grinnell
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Stephanie has served as editor of Camden Herald since its return in April 2012.

Previously, she was editor of VillageSoup's Capital Weekly in Augusta and has worked a number of years in the newspaper business from southern Maine to Waldo County.

Outside the office, she enjoys reading, cooking and gardening.

Stephanie lives in Washington with her husband Jeff, four children, a dog named Chewbacca, a rabbit and two chickens.

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