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House Fire in Lebanon Ruled a Suicide

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

Lebanon, ME - At approximately 11:44 A.M. on December 20, 2017 a passerby reported a possible fire inside a home on Shapleigh Road in Lebanon.

A first-alarm was called for mutual aid agencies to respond. Lebanon Firefighters and a ladder truck from Berwick, Maine responded on scene and the fire was knocked down within approximately 15 or 20 minutes. Rochester, Milton and Somersworth, New Hampshire, as well as South Berwick and Acton, Maine also responded to the scene.

The body of a man was discovered in the second-story apartment above the garage during the primary search of the residence.

Maine State Police have now reported that the 58-year-old sole resident that was living in the home used a flammable liquid to set the inside of the home on fire before shooting himself with a firearm on Wednesday morning. Cause of death was confirmed by an autopsy on December 21, 2017. The fire gutted the entire home.

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ERIN THOMASCorrespondent

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