March 29, 2020

Home burns near Freedom at end of long, icy driveway

FREEDOM — A two-story home burned to the ground Wednesday morning three miles west of Freedom Village as responding firefighters were hampered by slick roads.

The home of Robert Cody, his wife and son, located about a quarter-mile off North Palermo Road, was not occupied at the time of the fire, according to Hank Elkins, first assistant chief for the Freedom Fire Department.

A neighbor discovered the fire when he drove into Cody’s driveway to visit him, Elkins said. The witness told Elkins that at that stage of the fire the flames appeared to be near one of the home’s two wood stoves. The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire, Elkins said.

The house, which Elkins estimated to be 15 years old, was built with rough timber and burned quickly. Firefighters from Freedom, Thorndike and Albion had trouble maneuvering through back roads covered with freezing rain, Elkins said. The long driveway leading to the home was narrow and especially slippery, he said.

Two cats that lived in the home have not been found.

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