GREENE — Fire investigators say a faulty wood boiler pipe was the likely cause of a blaze that destroyed a house Tuesday morning on Pond View Road.

The fire at the raised-ranch house of Dennis and Debbie Rioux was reported late Monday . Crews from several towns, including Monmouth, Wales and Leeds, assisted Greene firefighters at the scene.

Chief John Soucy of the Greene Fire Department said the blaze started near the wood boiler and traveled toward the top of the house.

“The fire followed the pipe right up to the roof,” Soucy said.

Nobody was hurt in the blaze.

Firefighters knocked down the flames on the first floor, and then battled fire burning through the second floor and into the attic.

Crews extinguished the flames by about 8 p.m., and the blaze appeared to be out.

Eight hours later, at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, it was reported the flames had reignited.

Soucy said when his crews returned to the house, it was fully engulfed by fire.

Investigators suspect after the fire was doused late Monday, flames smoldered for hours in cellulose insulation in the attic.


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