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Fire severely damages waterfront home in Trenton

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, at 9:50 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2013, at 3:18 p.m.
Firefighters try to extinguish a morning blaze at a home off Route 3 in Trenton on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
Firefighters try to extinguish a morning blaze at a home off Route 3 in Trenton on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
Firefighters try to extinguish a morning blaze at a home off Route 3 in Trenton on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
Firefighters try to extinguish a morning blaze at a home off Route 3 in Trenton on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
Firefighters douse a burning house with water in Trenton on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
Firefighters douse a burning house with water in Trenton on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
Firefighters douse a burning house with water in Trenton on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
Bill Trotter
Firefighters douse a burning house with water in Trenton on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.

TRENTON, Maine — A structure fire Tuesday morning off Route 3 attracted firefighters from seven towns and caused significant damage to a waterfront home overlooking the tidal Jordan River.

The cause of the fire at the home off Bramble Lane was unknown Tuesday.

Trenton Fire Chief Richard Gray said Tuesday morning at the scene that no one was found inside the two-story house. Firefighters were concerned when they first arrived at the fire because a Mazda Tribute SUV was parked outside the house, he said.

Andrew Lugdon of Corinth said he and a coworker were driving by on Route 3 toward Bar Harbor around 8:30 a.m. when they suddenly saw a large plume of black smoke billow up above the trees. He said he had previously done plumbing work at another house on Bramble Lane and knew the neighborhood.

“We knew something wasn’t right,” he said.

Lugdon and his co-worker turned down the road and drove up to the burning home, which already had windows broken and smoke coming out from the blaze, he said. They saw the SUV in the driveway and so got out and shouted to anyone who might be there, but got no response. He said the fire was burning too intensely for him to open the door and shout inside.

“There was nobody around,” Lugdon said. “You could tell it [had been] burning on the inside for quite a while.”

According to Gray, the southern end of the shingled house might be salvageable, despite heavy smoke and water damage. The northern end of the home was completely gutted by the blaze. He said the state fire marshal’s office had been contacted and was expected to send an investigator to examine the charred structure and debris Tuesday afternoon.

An estimated 30 firefighters from Trenton, Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Hancock, Lamoine, Mount Desert and Surry responded to help put out the fire which was largely extinguished by 11 a.m.

The tenants who live in the house were out of state Tuesday but had been contacted about the blaze and were on their way back home, according to Trenton officials.

Gray said Tuesday afternoon that he had spoken with the property owner, who lives in the area, about the fire. The chief said he could not remember the owner’s name and did not know whether the property owner was insured.

Follow BDN reporter Bill Trotter on Twitter at @billtrotter.

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