A Vienna couple is homeless after a fire at their Kimball Pond Road home.

Fire departments from eight towns responded to a report of the fire Wednesday night; it rekindled twice by Friday afternoon. No one was hurt in the fire, which was reported around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The three-story home at 74 Kimball Pond Road was a total loss.

Vienna Fire Chief Brian Church said the conditions were complicated by cold weather and an icy driveway at the residence. The crews ended their initial firefighting effort there around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

“Sometimes full-blown structure fires on buildings that big take that long that put out,” Church said. “The guys did a great job.”

The fire originated in the basement of the post-and-beam home, but the cause was not determined.

“Nothing jumped out at us as being wrong,” said Sgt. Joel Davis, of the Maine fire marshal’s office.

The house was demolished by the time fire marshals arrived, he said, which made finding the cause difficult.

The hilltop house was owned by Joseph Balter and June Roullard. They were home when the fire broke out, and they called for help from a neighbor’s phone.

The crews assisting the Vienna Fire Department were Lakes Region Mutual Aid Inc. members — which includes departments from Fayette, Manchester, Mount Vernon, Readfield and Wayne — along with the Belgrade and New Sharon fire departments.

 

Abigail Austin — 621-5631
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Twitter: @AbigailAustinKJ


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