February 12

Investigators unable to find cause of Farmingdale fire

Fire investigators say the unfinished home owned by Armand Fournier was too badly damaged by Tuesday’s fire to know what sparked the blaze.

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FARMINGDALE — Investigators say they may never know what sparked a Tuesday fire that destroyed a Rose Lane home.

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BURNED: A firefighter sprays water Tuesday from the aerial on a ladder truck at a blaze that damaged a new home Tuesday in Farmingdale. Several fire companies from surrounding towns responded to the blaze at the large home off the Hallowell-Litchfield Road.

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BURNED: Firefighters work at containing a blaze Tuesday at a new home Tuesday in Farmingdale. Several fire companies from surrounding towns responded to the blaze that destroyed the large home off the Hallowell-Litchfield Road.

Staff photo by Andy Molloy

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Sgt. Ken Grimes said Wednesday that investigators worked late into the night but were unable to determine with a visual investigation what caused the fire. The investigation is ongoing, but Grimes said the preliminary finding is that the fire is of undetermined cause.

“I would say in all probability it will be undetermined,” Grimes said.

The unfinished home off the Hallowell-Litchfield Road, owned by Armand Fournier, was destroyed in the fire, which started around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The only person living at the complex, a woman in the apartment, got out safely.

Fournier said at the scene that the home was 90 percent finished and he had been working on it for about three years. He and his girlfriend, Stephanie Hill, were planning to move there from their current home about five minutes away on Springvale Road in West Gardiner.

The 67-year-old Fournier, who estimated he had invested more than $250,000 into the home, did not have insurance.

West Gardiner Assistant Fire Chief Thomas McLaughlin said he was the first on the scene of the fire, shortly after 4 p.m. West Gardiner trucks soon followed him; and later, crews from Farmingdale, Gardiner, Chelsea, Pittston, Litchfield, Hallowell and Randolph showed up to help. By the time crews could arrive and set up, however, the fire had spread.

Deputy Chief Mike Laplante, of the Farmingdale Fire Department, said high wind drove the blaze, which had started in the house, into other parts of the building.

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