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FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — The Maine fire marshal’s office said a woman was missing and a former large farmhouse that housed two apartments “flattened” following a fire in Fort Fairfield early Monday morning.

Fort Fairfield Police Chief Shawn Newell said that firefighters had not found the body of the missing woman in the wreckage.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for Maine Department of Public Safety, said state fire marshals were continuing their search for the victim of the fire as of 3 p.m.

McCausland said Investigators believe the victim to be an elderly woman who lived in the house.

An excavator was being used to assist in the recovery efforts, as much of the rubble from the fire had fallen into the basement of the home, McCausland said.

Around 11 a.m, several vehicles from the Fort Fairfield Fire Department, as well as the public works department, were aiding in the salvaging efforts as smoke continued to billow out of the burnt complex.

DPS said that the fire began at a residence on Densmore Road just after 4 a.m. The office described the building as being “flattened” by the blaze.

Fire personnel from Presque Isle, Easton and Caribou helped put out the flames.