An investigator with the state fire marshal's office said he was unable to determine the cause of a March 16 fire responsible for significant damage to a Winslow Mills Road home.

Investigator Ken Grimes said March 21 the fire originated in the living room near a wood stove, but due to the extent damage, he was not able to specifically identify the series of events that led to the fire. However, he said the fire was determined to be accidental.

The fire at a single family home located at 992 Winslow Mills Road was reported March 16, at about 10:30 p.m.

The home, owned by Charles Call, was being rented by a family with two children. They were all able to get out of the home safely, but a cat was lost in the fire and another was missing, Waldoboro Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer previously said.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the living room, but Smeltzer said there was significant smoke and water damage throughout the home.

The displaced family was assisted by the Red Cross following the blaze.

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