Elderly couple killed in Lincolnville fire died of smoke inhalation | News
LINCOLNVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The State Fire Marshal’s Office says the cause of the fire that killed an elderly couple in Lincolnville over the weekend cannot be determined because of the extensive damage.
Lincolnville Fire Chief Benjamin Hazen said the house on Virginia Avenue was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene at 10:38 p.m. Saturday.
Hazen said one victim was found in a bedroom and the other was near a door. The two have been identified as 79-year-old Virginia Dyer and her 81-year-old husband Eugene Dyer, according to Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.
Fire Investigators said the fire started in a storage-entry area between the house and the garage, and the fire has been ruled accidental. A team of three fire investigators worked through the night to try and determine the cause of the fire.
An examination Monday of the bodies by the State Medical Examiner’s Office showed both Eugene and Virginia Dyer died from smoke inhalation.
According to McCausland, twelve people have died in Maine fires, so far, this year.