According to a press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety, a man who had been living in West Gardiner is dead following a Thursday morning fire.

The fire, which happened at a house on Lewiston Road in West Gardiner, was reported at about 11:40 AM on Thursday.

The decease is believed to be 83 year old Sherwood Keene, who had been renting the property.  The remains of the deceased have been transported to the office of the medical examiner in Augusta so that a positive identification can be made.

Maine Department of Public Safety
Maine Department of Public Safety

The authorities continue to investigate the fire.

West Gardiner Fire was assisted by the Litchfield, Hallowell, Pittston, Randolph, Manchester and Farmingdale Fire Departments. Gardiner Fire and Rescue assisted as well.

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