Fire heavily damages Ellsworth home

Posted April 16, 2011, at 5:22 p.m.
Last modified April 17, 2011, at 4:33 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A home on Surry Road was damaged by fire Saturday afternoon and a family cat was believed lost in the blaze, according to Ellsworth Fire Chief John Marshall.

The fire started in an ell at the home of David and Pam Kaczmarek, Marshall said. The cause has not been determined.

“The fire was able to be confined to the ell but there is smoke damage and fire suppression damage to the house,” he said. “We had to pull down a couple of ceilings to ensure the fire had not spread.”

Marshall said the Kaczmareks reported that smoke was filling up the house around 2 p.m. and were able to get out of the building with one dog and one cat.

It was an older, wooden frame home that the family had been refurbishing for several years, according to Marshall. He estimated the damage at more than $65,000.

About two dozen firefighters responded, Marshall said, and mutual aid was provided by Trenton, Lamoine and Surry fire departments.

“It was a fairly quick knockdown,” the chief said. He estimated it was under control in less than 30 minutes.

“And the important things, like the family photo albums, they were all OK,” Marshall said.

The family was insured and is staying temporarily with a daughter, Marshall said.

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