A Turner firefighter looks for hot spots in what remains of a house at 42 Clover Lane in Turner on Wednesday morning.  When firefighters arrived, smoke was pouring out of nearly every window in the house.

Turner firefighters hose down what remains of a house on Clover Lane in Turner on Wednesday morning. When firefighters arrived, smoke was pouring out of nearly every window in the house.

A vacant home on Clover Lane in Turner is engulfed in flames Wednesday morning. Fire Chief Mike Arsenault said the fire started in the basement and the cause is undetermined. It was not considered suspicious, he said.



TURNER — A home on Clover Lane was
destroyed Wednesday while the owner was in Florida, authorities said.

Ryan Birmingham’s 2½-story cape was
fully engulfed in flames by the time firetrucks arrived at 42 Clover
Lane shortly after 7 a.m., fire Chief Mike Arsenault said. A neighbor
called 911.

No injuries were reported. Nobody was
at home.

The home and a two-car garage were
valued at roughly $300,000 and were insured, Arsenault said. The home was less than 10 years old.

He said investigators believe the fire
likely started in the basement; its cause undetermined. He said it’s not considered suspicious.

Firefighters managed to pull a Volvo
car that was parked next to the garage away from the fire; they also
retrieved a snowmobile from inside the garage, Arsenault said.

Birmingham flew to Florida on Monday
with his children and was expected to return today, Arsenault said.

Firefighters cleared the scene at about
1:30 p.m.

A clerk at the town office said the
property was undergoing foreclosure.


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