Firefighters douse flames at 810 Lewiston Road in West Gardiner on Thursday evening. An 83-year-old man died in the blaze. Credit: Courtesy of the Maine Department of Public Safety

An 83-year-old man died in a West Gardiner fire on Thursday morning.

Sherwood Keene, who had been renting a property at 810 Lewiston Road in West Gardiner, was found deceased after a fire nearly destroyed the residence at around 11:41 a.m., according to Shannon Moss, a spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

No other injuries were reported.

Keene’s remains have been transported to the state’s medical examiner’s office, while the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Maine fire marshal’s office.

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.