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Cause of Fire 
In Enfield Unknown



Friday, May 15, 2015
Enfield — The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office was unable to determine the cause of a fire that caused extensive damage early Wednesday morning to a waterfront home on Mascoma Lake.

“At this point, the cause is undetermined,” fire investigator Tom Schutzius said on Thursday. “At this point, I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as a suspicious fire ... We don’t believe that anybody set it.”

The home at 168 Shaker Blvd. was unoccupied at the time of Wednesday’s blaze, which appears to have started on the front porch, Schutzius said.

Though he declined to release specific details, Schutzius said there are a few potential causes still being investigated. An electrical outlet was located in the area of the home’s front porch, he said.

The heavily charred porch area was unrecognizable on Thursday.

Siding materials were peeled back and a portion of the roof had been stripped of its dark-gray color. The smell of smoke filled the air along Shaker Boulevard.

“There was a significant amount of damage to the home dollar-wise,” Schutzius said.

The fire, which broke out around 5:30 a.m., remains under investigation. Schutzius said he will continue to interview people who may have information on the fire’s cause.

Enfield Fire Chief David Crate said no one has been living at the home, which he classified as habitable and structurally sound.

“They live out of state,” Crate said of the homeowners. “It has been a while since anybody had been there.”

According to Enfield assessing records, the home is owned by Massachusetts residents Kairos Shen and Michael Miele. The two purchased the home, which is assessed at $462,900, from Robert Neale in 2004.

According to an article in the Pennsylvania-based Swarthmore College Bulletin, Shen, a 1987 graduate of the school, said he and Miele were freshman roommates and share the home together with their families.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at jcuddemi@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.