Poland blaze and stabbing probed

Poland fire aftermath
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Shasta, a 3-year-old English Labrador works with Senior Fire Investigator Daniel Young at the home of David Hodgkin that was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning on Harris Hill Road in Poland. Young and Shasta were looking for evidence of accelerants used in the fire, taking away several jars and pieces of burnt material found in the house.

POLAND — A local man remained in fair condition at a Lewiston hospital Wednesday, suffering from a stab wound inflicted at his home at 140 Harris Hill Road early Tuesday.

Poland fire aftermath
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Poland firefighters Shawn Hazelton, left, and Justin Carver foam down the remains of the entryway at 140 Harris Hill Road on Tuesday morning. Fire destroyed the home shortly after midnight.

Poland fire aftermath
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Androscoggin County Detective Sgt. William Gagne carries one of two computers out of the home of David Hodgkin at 140 Harris Hill Road. The computers were taken to the Sheriff's Office on Tuesday morning after an early-morning fire destroyed Hodgkin's home.

Poland fire aftermath
Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Androscoggin County Detective Sgt. William Gagne carries one of two computers out of the home of David Hodgkin at 140 Harris Hill Road. The computers were taken to the Sheriff's Office on Tuesday morning after an early-morning fire destroyed Hodgkin's home.

Poland fire aftermath
Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

With his face coated in soot, sweat and foam, Poland firefighter Shawn Hazelton talks with other fire crew members mopping up on Harris Hill Road on Tuesday morning.

A fire was reported around midnight at a mobile home where David Hodgkin lived that is owned by Megan Pettengill. Flames were knocked down by 1 a.m. by a number of responding fire departments.

A fire investigator said Tuesday morning that the blaze started in the kitchen, but he didn't disclose a cause.

The building, a mobile home with a two-story wooden addition at one end, was severely damaged by fire and smoke, authorities said.

Firefighters discovered the injured Hodgkin as they responded to his 911 call.

Investigators hope to interview Hodgkin sometime Wednesday, depending on the rate of his recovery, said Sgt. Ken Grimes at the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Information gleaned from his interview should help investigators pinpoint the cause of the fire, Grimes said.

Androscoggin County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. William Gagne said he hoped to glean information about the stabbing from Hodgkin. He said early indications were that Hodgkin suffered a single stab wound to the abdomen.

Detectives from the state and Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department executed a joint search warrant to comb the scene for evidence of a possible crime; the state for evidence of possible arson, the county for possible assault. Hodgkin was rushed to the hospital operating room and couldn't consent to a search.

Sniffer dogs were used by investigators at the scene.

Neighbors reported hearing what sounded like two gunshots about the time the fire broke out. Hodgkin was alone in the home at the time of the 911 call.

Gagne said he had identified no suspects as of early Tuesday afternoon. "We still have a lot of questions," he said.

Poland fire aftermath
Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Poland firefighters Shawn Hazelton, left, and Justin Carver foam down the remains of the entryway at 140 Harris Hill Road on Tuesday morning. Fire destroyed the home shortly after midnight.

Poland fire aftermath
Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Shasta, a 3-year-old English Labrador works with Senior Fire Investigator Daniel Young at the home of David Hodgkin that was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning on Harris Hill Road in Poland.

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I am still pondering "the

I am still pondering "the search for evidence of a possible crime" as opposed to? ? ? ?

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The search warrant also

The search warrant also allowed for the recovery of the computers. What relationship is there between computers, a stabbing and a fire ..... child porn, self inflicted injury and setting his own home ablaze???

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wow

why do we have a police force when we have "Eyeroll" who can solve the crime for us???? Thats quite the assumption you are making, do you even know this person and why would you get on a public forum and make a comment about child porn when this man was stabbed and his home burnt......unless you know the facts, which I doubt, dont post such garbage on here....this is unfair to the victim and remember he is a victim unless the police prove otherwise.....but I am thinking that there are easier ways to get rid of child porn on a computer besides stabbing yourself and burning your house down...seems a bit drastic dont you think?????????????

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????

So if he was trying to take his own life why would he bother to call 911???? You may be right who knows all I am saying is until you have all the facts and know what really happened dont make comments about child porn, that is just way out of line. To me that is just ignorant, would you want someone making those kinds of accusations against you? Probably not!!!!

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????

So if he was trying to take his own life why would he bother to call 911???? You may be right who knows all I am saying is until you have all the facts and know what really happened dont make comments about child porn, that is just way out of line. To me that is just ignorant, would you want someone making those kinds of accusations against you? Probably not!!!!

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????

So if he was trying to take his own life why would he bother to call 911???? You may be right who knows all I am saying is until you have all the facts and know what really happened dont make comments about child porn, that is just way out of line. To me that is just ignorant, would you want someone making those kinds of accusations against you? Probably not!!!!

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Executed a search warrant to

Executed a search warrant to comb the scene for evidence of a possible crime? Humm, stab wound, possible assault, shots fired and a building ablaze. When it comes to investigating, that sure sounds like rocket science to me.

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