MOUNT DESERT, Maine — A fire of unknown origin destroyed a home in the Pretty Marsh section of town Wednesday afternoon.
According to Mount Desert Fire Chief Mike Bender, the home owned by Penelope Place was fully engulfed when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. There was no one inside the 1½-story building at the time. The owner was at a neighbor’s home when the fire was discovered.
“A neighbor was passing by and saw smoke coming out,” Bender said. “He stopped and told her he thought her house was on fire.”
The house is located on a single-lane road off Bartlett Landing Road about a mile off the main road, Bender said, and getting water to the site was a problem.
“It took us a while to set up a water supply,” he said. “We had to wait to set up a water shuttle. The house was fully involved when we arrived. There were a couple of outbuildings nearby and the first firefighters on the scene used the water in the tanker to keep them cool.”
The house was a total loss, he said.
At this point, Bender said, they do not know what started the fire. An inspector from the State Fire Marshal’s Office is expected to examine the scene in an effort to determine the cause.
No one was injured in the fire.
A total of about 25 firefighters turned out to fight the fire and to shuttle water to the scene. In addition to the Mount Desert firefighters, crews from Southwest Harbor, Bar Harbor and Tremont went to the scene.