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Fire damages empty single-family home in Van Buren

VAN BUREN, Maine — More than 30 firefighters from three departments responded Sunday to a Main Street blaze at a vacant single-family home, according to Van Buren Fire Chief Brian Caron.

The tenant had recently moved out of the home, owned by Jennifer Ayotte, Caron said Sunday evening. No one was injured, according to the chief.

Officials shut down Main Street, which also is U.S. Route 1, for about two hours while firefighters battled the blaze that broke out at about 10 a.m., Caron said.

The building was “significantly damaged,” including water and smoke damage, Caron said. The majority of the fire damage was to the basement and part of the first floor, the chief added.

The chief said firefighters and trucks from Grand Isle and St. Leonard, New Brunswick, assisted. Also responding were crews from Van Buren Light and Power and the Van Buren Water District.

Fire crews cleared the scene at about 1 p.m., Caron said.

Personnel from the state’s Fire Marshal’s office were expected to arrive at the scene sometime on Monday to try to determine the cause.

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