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Distressed cremation business to go up for sale by foreclosure


The building that housed the affordable cremations is being auctioned. Andree Kehn / Journal of the Sun

LEWISTON – The Main Street property owned by the Affordable Cremation Solution, now closed, is expected to be sold this month at a foreclosure auction.

The building at 643 Main Street, purchased by the besieged company in 2017, has been closed since state regulators withdrew its required funeral license in June after finding 11 bodies rotting in a basement not refrigerated.

South Portland-based Keenan Auction Co. plans to sell the site to the highest bidder on October 27.

Last month, the Maine Board of Funeral Service agreed to make a deal with Ken Kincer, owner of Affordable Cremation, that would ban him from the funeral business for a decade, but leave the door open when he returns if he can show that he rehabilitated and stayed away from drugs and alcohol for at least three years.

A number of families unhappy with Kincer’s care for their deceased loved ones have filed lawsuits against him.

Kincer’s company bought the Main Street property in 2017 for $ 157,500. The city valued it for $ 134,300.

A photo on an auction company’s website shows a cluttered office in the old quarters of Affordable Cremations Solutions at 643 Main Street. Photo from the Keenan auction

Photos accompanying Keenan’s advertisement for the auction show that the property has been largely cleaned up, but a photo shows what appears to be Kincer’s office covered in scattered papers.

Foreclosure sales typically occur when landowners fail to make mortgage payments on the land or buildings they have purchased.

Affordable Cremation has received complaints about its service dating back to 2020.

Kincer’s attorney, John Clifford of Lisbon Falls, filed a response in August with the state funeral board, saying the business “suffered to such an extent that Ken found itself in financial trouble. disastrous “which contributed to the owner’s depression and alcohol abuse.

“The last year and a half of Mr. Kincer’s life has been what can only be called a living nightmare.” the statement said. “He is deeply in the grip of depression and alcoholism.”

A state investigator who visited the company in June found “a smell of decomposition” in the upstairs office, 11 decomposing bodies in the basement and “a reddish-brown liquid on the floor. soil ”which seemed to“ flow down the drain ”.

Regulators immediately decided to shut down the business and suspend Kincer’s business license.

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