FORT FAIRFIELD – The state fire marshal’s office has located the body of the victim from Monday’s fire that destroyed a home in Fort Fairfield, according to the spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
Using an excavator, investigators located the body in the basement of the home about 8:30 p.m. Monday after eight hours of digging through the fire rubble, spokesman Steve McCausland said Tuesday morning in a news release.
Investigators believe the victim is the 90-year-old homeowner, Dawn Findlen, but positive identification will be made later by the state medical examiner’s office.
McCausland said, Findlen and her late husband, Bill, lived in the family farmhouse for decades. According to McCaualand, Bill Findlen died last January and she lived at the home alone.
At one time the home also housed workers at the farm but had been a single-family home since the 1950s.
Fire Investigators said because of the severity of the fire, the cause will be undetermined. The house was fully aflame when firefighters arrived shortly after 4 a.m. Monday. The fire was discovered by a neighbor who called 911.