The Star-Herald

Portage Lake home a total loss after structure fire

PORTAGE LAKE, Maine — A house at 12 Cottage Road in Portage Lake was demolished by a Thursday afternoon fire.

Firefighters from Portage Lake were called to the residence around 1 p.m. and received mutual aid assistance from the Ashland Fire Department. The State Fire Marshal was called as well.

Chris Walker, lieutenant with the Portage Lake Fire Department, said that the owner of the Cottage Road residence and his son escaped without injuries, along with the family dog. A Dodge Dakota pickup truck, detached garage and two sheds were also destroyed in the fire.

Crews were at the scene throughout the afternoon to contain the fire. According to Walker, the blaze melted the siding on several neighboring homes but firefighters’ efforts prevented further damage.

The exact cause of the fire is unknown at this time, Walker said.

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