EMBDEN — Six people are homeless after a fire Wednesday afternoon destroyed their two-story home on Eames Road.

The fire was reported at around 2:40 p.m. and the house, which at 74 Eames Road, was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, according to Anson Fire Chief Jeremy Manzer.

“Flames were all over. They were coming out the doors and windows,” he said.

The house was owned by Jay and Wendy Mitchell, of Skowhegan. They said they rented it to a couple who lived there with their daughter and her three children, including an infant.

Manzer said the house is a total loss. The family was home when the fire started. No one one was injured, but the family’s dogs died in the fire, he said.

Wendy Mitchell said the family, whose name she did not want to release, lost everything and was staying with a neighbor on Wednesday.


By around 5 p.m. Wednesday ashes and burned pieces of wood were all that was left of the house, which is  about a half-mile down a dirt road along the edge of Fahi Pond.

Manzer said the wind off the pond presented a challenge in fighting the fire, but firefighters from three departments were still able to put it out in about an hour and a half.

He said that the cause of the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office but that it appears to have originated in a camper that was next to the house.

The Mitchells said they do have insurance on the property.

Firefighters from Anson, Madison and Solon responded, as well as the Maine State Police and Anson Madison Starks Emergency Service.

 Rachel Ohm —  612-2368
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