FALMOUTH, Maine — A stubborn blaze burned through a recently purchased and renovated 1850s-era farmhouse on Foreside Road, causing more than $1 million in damage Monday morning.
Firefighters answered a report from a newspaper delivery person that the three-story home at 169 Foreside Road was burning just before 5 a.m. Monday. Upon arrival, crews found “flames to the roof,” Falmouth Fire Chief Howard Rice Jr. said.
After initially trying to find the residents, crews discovered the building was vacant. The new owners, whose names were not available, had not yet moved into the home, according to Rice.
The fire apparently started near an area connecting the old farmhouse structure to a new addition. Crews from Falmouth, Cumberland and Portland “attacked it very aggressively to keep it from spreading,” Rice said, and were able to contain the blaze to the older section, which was destroyed.
“It was a beautiful old house,” he said.
Cold temperatures and “ice everywhere” caused firefighters to slip while combating the blaze, but no injuries were reported, according to Rice. Firefighters didn’t clear the scene until well after noon.
The state fire marshal’s office was called to the scene because of the extent of the damage, and the fire’s cause remained undetermined, according to Rice. He said contractors were working in the building on Sunday.