Investigators still are trying to determine what caused last week’s fire that destroyed a home on Old Brunswick Road in Gardiner.

Sgt. Ken Grimes, of the Office of the State Fire Marshal, said Tuesday that investigators are nearing the end of the probe but are not yet ready to make a final determination on the cause of the Nov. 25 fire that destroyed a single-family home at 297 Old Brunswick Road.

Grimes said it appears the fire started in an entryway between the house and an ell.

No people were hurt in the fire, but Grimes said a dog was killed. Two men, including the owner and a renter, were displaced by the fire, which destroyed the home.

Neither man was home at the time of the fire, Grimes said. The tenant was at work and the homeowner was at an appointment.

The blaze was reported by a passer-by around 4 p.m. Gardiner initially called for help from Augusta, but firefighters there already were on their way to a fire on Eastern Avenue that broke out at nearly the same time. Dozens of firefighters from a number of surrounding communities did help, though. Crews spent several hours trying to douse the stubborn blaze.


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