A man died in a fire early Thursday morning in Millinocket, and investigators believe the victim is the home’s only resident, 55-year-old Michael Olin.

The fire was reported around 3:40 a.m. on Elm Street by a newspaper carrier, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The body was found near the front door, leading investigators to believe the man was trying to escape. His body has been taken to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for identification.

Fire Marshal Joe Thomas said the investigation into the cause of the fire will begin as soon as local fire crews finish their work at the scene.

Investigators did not find any evidence of working smoke detectors in the home, which was destroyed by the fire, McCausland said.

He said this is the state’s sixth death from a fire this year.


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