CARTHAGE — Fire gutted the vacant camp of Dan and Linda Hallock early Friday afternoon on Webb River Acres Road. The Hallocks live in Dixfield.
The cause has yet to be determined, but fire investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office will return on either Saturday or Monday to continue working on the case, Carthage fire Chief Kenneth Flagg said on scene.
Flagg said that at about 1:30 p.m. he was driving by and saw smoke coming out of the single-story building's eaves at 8 Webb River Acres Road and headed for the fire station to get a firetruck.
Confusion then ensued over the exact location, Dixfield fire Chief Scott Dennett said on scene.
A Carthage resident said he called 911 to report the fire and gave the dispatcher specific instructions twice, and then listened in disbelief when a dispatcher told responders it was at Webb River Falls instead of the Webb River Acres Road.
Webb River Falls is on Route 2 in Dixfield.
Weld and Carthage firefighters were sent first. Then at 1:45 p.m., Dixfield and Med-Care Ambulance were toned to Webb River Acres.
Once firefighters began arriving, some had to jump into the river to place one end of a large hose from which to pump water into the Weld firetruck to use on the fire.
Flagg said fire broke through the roof about an hour after the initial call to firefighters. A dense black column of smoke towered over the burning camp and could be seen for miles as heavy fire erupted the length of the building.
A Central Maine Power crew had to remove a wire providing electricity to the camp.
Flagg said no one was inside at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.
A "For Sale" sign mounted high on a tree outside the camp listed the price as $58,000. Carthage First Selectman Steve Brown who lives on the road, said he believes the price is for the land, the camp, a new septic system, and the camp's close proximity to the river.
The town has the camp alone assessed at $21,000, Brown said.
He said the camp was built in 1963 and was owned for many years by Helen Hallock LeMay.
Neither Brown nor Flagg knew if the camp is insured.
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