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September 1, 2013

3-story Port Douglas home destroyed by fire

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That home was extensively damaged and no one was at home when the fire started, according to Peru Fire Chief Brian Westover.

Renting the home was Faye Dayton, who lived there with her 14-year-old daughter, Westover said.

On Friday evening, the North Country chapter of the American Red Cross provided them with food, clothing, shoes and comfort kits, according to a news release from the Red Cross.

Carl Morse owns the home, which is assessed at about $135,000, Westover said.

Westover said both Dayton and Morse have insurance on their property.

A sign for a business called the Cabinet Barn is next to the home.

Westover said he wasn’t sure if the business was in operation before the fire started, but the building in which the Cabinet Barn is housed is separate from the home and wasn’t affected by the fire.

Like the blaze in Port Douglas, the cause of the fire in Peru remains under investigation, but Jaquish said the two incidents don’t appear to be connected.

Nothing can be sure until the investigation is complete though, McGovern said.

“Until it’s done, we don’t know.”

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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