When fire crews responded to Ball Hill road just before 8:00 a.m., heavy smoke and flames could be seen shooting through two windows.
The center of the home was the most badly damaged. Etna fire Chief Walter Gibbons says the Graves family was able to salvage some things, but one of the rooms that was destroyed was the bedroom of the family’s oldest boy, a 13-year-old with cerebral palsy. All his medical equipment was lost.
Officials say the home is a total loss. The fire marshal’s office is investigating a cause.
Chief Gibbons believes it may have started in the oldest boy’s bedroom.
The graves have been building a fully handicap accessible home on the property, but it’s not close to being finished.
A fund has been set up to help the family. Donations can be sent to:
Graves Family Fund
Hartland Full Gospel Church
P.O. Box 74
Hartland, Maine 04943