Investigators say the damage from a fire that killed an elderly couple in Lincolnville over the weekend was too extensive to determine what caused the blaze.

The victims – identified as Virginia Dyer, 79, and her husband, Eugene Dyer, 81 – were killed in a house fire Saturday night at 2 Virginia Drive in Lincolnville, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The fire started in a storage and entry area between the house and the garage.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, but investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office said there is nothing to indicate the fire was suspicious.

Lincolnville Fire Chief Ben Hazen said the fire at the two-story house was reported by a passer-by at 10:38 p.m. Firefighters pulled the Dyers out – one from a window and the other, who was found at the front door – but efforts to resuscitate them failed.

Two dogs were rescued unharmed. There were no other occupants, Hazen said.

The couple died of smoke inhalation, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Twelve people have died in Maine fires, so far, this year.


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