June 22, 2018
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Fire destroys shed, garage in Ellsworth

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A wind-whipped fire late Sunday night destroyed two outbuildings at a home off Mariaville Road, but crews were able to save the nearby home and attached garage.

The call came in a little after 10 p.m. Sunday, reporting a shed on fire at the home of Robert Shea on Sunset Park Road off Mariaville Road (Route 180), according to Ellsworth Fire Chief Jonathan Marshall. A wood shed and a small, unattached garage were in flames when firefighters arrived, and the fire had spread to the attached garage.

“It’s on a hill, and the wind was coming off the lake,” Marshall said Monday. “With the wind blowing the way it was, the fire spread quickly.”

Flames had reached the soffits and the eaves of the garage, and crews concentrated on stopping the spread of the fire into the building. They were able to prevent serious damage to the garage, but the two outbuildings were destroyed. A Jeep, a motorcycle and other items also were lost in the blaze, Marshall said.

An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was at the scene Monday afternoon searching for a cause of the fire, but there was so much damage to the buildings, Marshall said it was unlikely they would be able to determine how and where the fire started.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Firefighters from Ellsworth and Mariaville responded to the call.

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