Authorities are still investigating the cause of an Orland fire over the weekend. PHOTO BY SHARON BRAY

Orland fire claims house

ORLAND — A fire of unknown origin claimed a house at 340 Castine Road on Sunday, according to Orland Fire Chief Bob Conary.

“They’re still investigating,” Conary said Monday morning.

The residence belongs to John Goss, Conary said. No one was home when the fire broke out but there were two cats unaccounted for on Sunday. Members of the displaced family might stay with friends, the chief said.

A passer-by saw smoke and flame and called for help at 5:13 p.m.

By the time firefighters arrived, the structure was “fully involved,” the chief said.

Lack of a good water supply hampered firefighting efforts.

The property had a farm pond but the ground was too soft for the truck to get to it so water was trucked in from the Orland River, Conary said.

The Bucksport, Penobscot, Castine, Ellsworth and Surry fire departments provided mutual aid on scene.

Hancock and Lamoine stood by for the Ellsworth Fire Department and likewise Orrington Fire for Bucksport.

Northern Light Medical Transport was on scene as well.

The chief suffered a bout of dehydration and found himself in the ambulance at one point during the call.

Crews finished up around 9 p.m. Sunday.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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