ETNA, Maine — Fire destroyed a combined woodworking shop and garage early Saturday morning, causing total destruction long before firefighters were able to spray a drop of water.
A homeowner, whose name and address were unknown Saturday evening, called for help at about 4:30 a.m. when he found his 30-foot-by-60 foot workshop off the West Etna Road engulfed in flames, according to Etna fire Capt. Aaron Brown. The workshop was situated about 50 feet from the man’s home. A gate that blocked a quarter-mile access road to the property was locked when firefighters arrived, preventing them from entering until it was opened by a neighbor who had a key. That, combined with the poor condition of the access road, delayed the response.
“That road became really soupy really quick,” said Brown. The cause of the fire was unknown. An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s office was scheduled to inspect the ruins, said Brown.
In addition to Etna, fire crews responded from Plymouth, Dixmont, Carmel and Stetson.