The cause of a fire that destroyed a house in Camden March 26 remains undetermined, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Lead investigator Sgt. Ken Grimes said the home located at 25 Lily Pond Drive was a total loss and the cause may never be discovered.

“In a fire that burned to this extent it is very possible a cause will never be known,” Grimes said. “In this particular case the damage was so extensive we can do nothing but list it as undetermined.”

Grimes went on to say investigation could take days or even months to determine a cause or discover clues that may lead to how the fire was started.

“[Typically] we could know within hours or it could be weeks before the investigation is completed,” he said. “We could receive a call a week from now that could help in the investigation or things could stay quiet and we could never know how the fire started.”

A call reporting the fire was received by Knox County Regional Communication Center dispatchers March 26, at 1:55 p.m. as a report of smoke. Fire departments from Camden, Rockport, Hope and Lincolnville responded within minutes, but the home was fully engulfed when crews arrived.

Online tax records compiled by Vision Appraisal state the 5,640-square-foot home, valued at more than $700,000, is owned by David and Leslie Vangel.