ELLSWORTH, Maine — A garage fire Tuesday afternoon on Bayside Road threatened a nearby home but was extinguished before it spread, according to the local fire chief.
Richard Tupper, chief of the local fire department, said the people who live at the property were not home at the time the blaze was reported around 3:20 p.m. A neighbor saw flames coming out of the garage, about 20 feet behind the house, and called the fire department.
No one was hurt but the cause of the fire has not been determined, he said. There is a chimney and stove in the garage, but Tupper said he was not sure if the stove had been hooked up and was useable.
The wind was blowing away from the home, Tupper said, which helped prevent damage to the house. Crews from Trenton and Lamoine were paged out for mutual aid, he said, but local firefighters quickly got the flames under control and the other departments were not needed.
Tupper said he was unsure if the residents are insured, or if there was anything of significant value in the garage or a small shed attached to the back when the fire occurred. A car near the garage and two lawn mowers placed just inside the overhead door were moved away from the flames by firefighters without being damaged, he said.
Tupper credited the neighbor who reported the fire with taking the proper precautions before firefighters arrived. The neighbor made sure no one was home, got a dog safely out of the house, and then waited out front to pass that information along to emergency responders.
“They did the right thing,” the chief said. “Giving us that pertinent information helps us a lot.”