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1 killed when blaze sweeps through Maine home, officials say

December 22, 2019 GMT

MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman died when a fire swept through her home in the town of Mattawamkeag, officials said Sunday.

The blaze was reported Saturday evening, and the body was recovered early Sunday, the state fire marshal’s office said.

The victim is believed to be Robin Stratton, 59, who lived in the home; the state medical examiner will be called upon to confirm the victim’s identity, officials said. Stratton lived with her teenage granddaughter, who was not at home at the time of the fire.

The death was the 18th fire fatality of the year in Maine, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.