June 25, 2018
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Deer Isle home a total loss after fire

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

DEER ISLE, Maine — A fire of unknown origin destroyed a single-story home on Dunham Point Road late Saturday afternoon.

According to Fire Chief Brent Morey, several firefighters were at the town offices above the fire station and were able to get to the scene within a few minutes after the call came in about 5 p.m.

The building, owned by Steve Chesney, was in flames when the first firefighters arrived. Chesney had been working on the building, which had just a subfloor, Morey said.

“That burned through real quickly,” he said. “We were not able to get inside, so most of our work was on the outside.”

No one was inside when the fire started and no one was injured in the blaze, but Chesney’s dog died in the fire.

The roof section in both areas of the building collapsed, and Morey said the building was a total loss. It was insured.

Chesney is staying with friends.

Firefighters believe they have pinpointed where the fire started.

“It looks like it started near the entrance,” Morey said. “We don’t have a real good explanation for what caused it.”

Investigators are expected to be on the scene today or Tuesday to search for a cause, he said.

Deer Isle firefighters were assisted at the scene by crews from Stonington, Sedgwick, Brooksville, Brooklin and Penobscot. A crew from Orland also stood by at its station.

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