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HARTFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The State Fire Marshal's office has ruled a fire at 828 Church Street in Hartford an arson, and the homeowner's death a suicide.

According to Sgt. Joel Davis, the man set fire to his house before taking his own life.

The fire was reported around noon. The house is a total loss.

Fire Investigators are working with the Oxford County Sheriff's Department to determine how and why he committed arson and suicide.

Officials say he moved to Maine from California a few years ago. He lived in the house by himself.

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