June 18, 2018
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Fires burn woods, mobile home in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

DEER ISLE, Maine — A local fire that burned more than an acre of woods was one of two fires in Hancock County that attracted attention over the weekend, according to officials.

Brent Morey, Deer Isle’s fire chief, said Sunday evening that a fire the day before burned about an acre and a half of woods on Reach Road. In Franklin, a fire damaged a mobile home Saturday on Woods Edge Lane, according to Franklin Fire Chief Robert Grindle.

According to Morey, the Deer Isle fire was a permitted burn that got out of control around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. He said a crew of people working in the woods were burning cleared brush and thought flames in a pile had gone out when they went to lunch. When they returned, he said, winds had reignited the ashes and flames were spreading into the trees.

No structures were threatened in the blaze, he said. Morey credited the permit holder with helping to keep the flames from spreading even farther while waiting for firefighters to arrive at the scene. The chief said about 18 firefighters, including some from neighboring Sedgwick, got the blaze under control and extinguished in about two hours.

In Franklin, an electrical problem is suspected of causing a fire in a mobile home, Grindle said Sunday evening. The blaze, which was reported around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, was contained to a bathroom, an exterior wall and a bedroom wall, he said. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported by the homeowner.

Grindle said power has not been restored to the home, but the residents have access to electricity at a relative’s home which is right next door. He said the Pine Tree Chapter of the Red Cross has been notified and has offered assistance to the homeowners.

Grindle said about eight firefighters responded to the blaze and were able to put it out. Firefighters from Eastbrook, Hancock and Sullivan assisted either by responding to the fire scene or by helping to cover stations in the neighboring towns, he said.

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