For Immediate Release - March 24, 2014

Oxford Fire Destroys Historical Treasure

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Oxford Fire Chief Sheri Bemis said the early morning fire at 253 Main Street, Oxford began in the basement laundry room. The fire appears accidental in nature, but due to the extensive damage, whether it was an electrical or mechanical malfunction of wiring or an appliance in the room, cannot be specified.

The fire displaced seven people in four apartments. One resident was awakened by the sound of the smoke alarm and was able to alert all the other tenants who escaped safely. Two firefighters received minor injuries. The building was assessed at $290,000, but the loss of the 1756 historically significant building is incalculable.

The fire was jointly investigation by the Oxford Fire Department, Oxford Police Department and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.