Monday, December 9, 2013
Lodge fire’s cause remains unknown
FAYETTE — A State Fire Marshal’s Office official said a rental lodge on Echo Lake was so badly damaged by fire Tuesday the cause of the fire cannot be determined.
Sgt. Kenneth Grimes said the fire’s cause has been deemed undetermined, and because of the extensive damage, unless additional information comes forward, it may remain undetermined.
Fire destroyed the main lodge of Echo Lake Lodge and Cottages on Tuesday in Fayette. The property is owned by James and Evelyn Feagin, who rented out the lodge, and several cottages nearby that were not damaged.
Grimes said the fire appeared to start in the upper reaches of the building’s second floor, as did Glen Craig, a former owner of the property who was the first to see and report the fire Tuesday morning.
James Feagin speculated at the fire scene that an ember from a fire in the lodge’s fireplace could have started a chimney fire that eventually spread to the rest of the building. He said the lodge was occupied over the weekend by renters who left Sunday.
The lodge was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
The lodge was built in 1936 and was a sporting camp for many years.
Grimes said anyone with information about what might have caused the fire can contact the fire marshal’s office.
At 12:14 p.m., mischief was reported on Green Street.
12:34 p.m., a disturbance was reported at the Super 8 Motel on Western Avenue.
2:12 p.m., a disturbance was reported at Best Western Plus on Community Drive.
3:04 p.m., a disturbance was reported at Daniel’s Garage on Mount Vernon Avenue.
3:08 p.m., trespassing was reported at Best Western Plus on Community Drive.
3:28 p.m., there was an accident on Cony Street.
3:47 p.m., there was an accident on North Belfast Avenue.
3:52 p.m., threatening was reported on Chase Avenue.
6:08 p.m., a burglary was reported on Water Street.
6:13 p.m., there was a traffic complaint on Spring Road.
7:30 p.m., there was an accident on Western Avenue.
7:31 p.m., there was a report of an intoxicated person at Cumberland Farms on Mount Vernon Avenue.
7:50 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported at MidMaine Maintenance on Northern Avenue.
9:01 p.m., an assault was reported on Crosby Street Place.
9:50 p.m., a person went to the police station on Union Street to report someone missing.
10:12 p.m., there was a traffic complaint on Water Street.
11:28 p.m., there was a report of a recent burglary on Chapel Street.
At 12:14 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Washington Street.
12:53 a.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct on North Belfast Avenue.
2:30 a.m., there was an accident on Civic Center Drive.
7:05 a.m., littering was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.
8:08 a.m., there was a traffic complaint on Cony Circle.
10:04 a.m., fraud was reported on Boothby Street.
11:09 a.m., there was a report of trespassing at the Preti Flaherty building on Memorial Circle.
11:20 a.m., there was an accident on Riverside Drive.
12 p.m., an assault was reported on Crosby Street.
12:06 p.m., an 18-year-old Augusta woman was charged with operating after suspension by police responding to a crash at the intersection of Linden and Bangor streets.
1:24 p.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Leighton roads.
1:27 p.m., threatening was reported on Northern Avenue.
2:43 p.m., there was a report of an intoxicated person at Rite Aid on North Belfast Avenue.
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