HANOVER – The cause of a fire that destroyed a two-story, 20-year-old wood-frame home owned by Laurie Beaudoin may never be known because of the amount of devastation.

Arson is not suspected.

Nearly two dozen firefighters and firetrucks from Rumford, Andover, Woodstock and Newry responded to the blaze about 3:30 p.m. Monday. It was located about a half-mile up a dirt road off Route 2 known as Laurie’s Lane.

Town Clerk Clem Worcester said Beaudoin was not home when the blaze broke out.

Rumford deputy Chief Ben Byam said Beaudoin and her two dogs were out fishing when the fire started. No people or animals were inside the building at the time the fire started.

Beaudoin returned home about two hours after firefighters arrived. Byam said she is expected to stay with family living in the area. Her home was insured.

Firefighters were at the scene for about three and a half hours, Byam said. Members and apparatus from the Mexico Fire Department were on standby at the Rumford fire station.

Byam said the remains of the house were razed by Rumford logging contractor Kenrick Thibodeau. He said no further investigation is expected.


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