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Police: Wiring in home theater may have started deadly Skowhegan fire

Neighbors at Harvey's Mobile Home Park say movies were a big part of William Lashon's life. (WGME)

SKOWHEGAN (WGME) -- A mobile home fire took the life of a man in Skowhegan.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says he wired a room to create a home theater inside, and say that wiring is what started the fire.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says an electrical fire broke out inside the mobile home on Friday, in a room the owner turned into a home theater. The fire was not visible outside, so police didn't find the body until the next day.

Neighbors at Harvey's Mobile Home Park say movies were a big part of William Lashon's life. The State Fire Marshal's Office called him a movie buff. In fact, police say he was a projectionist at a local theater.

Linda Thebarge says he was the projectionist at the movie theater in Pittsfield.

"He knew an awful lot about that,” Thebarge said. “He did something with the cameras over there so they could do different movies and stuff that nobody else could do."

Investigators say Lashon converted a room inside his trailer into his own home theater, with his own theater-style seat, but investigators believe the home theater's electrical wiring is what caused the fire.

"It's not hard to do in trailers,” Thebarge said. “Because the way they're made up, there's not that many electrical outlets usually."

Police say Lashon's mother hadn't heard from her son since Thursday's blizzard. They say on Saturday she called police to check on him, who found his body inside.

The State Fire Marshal's Office sasy William Lashon was the first fire death of 2018. He was 53.

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