ELLSWORTH, Maine — A fire left about half of an Ellsworth house destroyed on Wednesday morning.
At about 8:40 a.m., an off-duty Ellsworth firefighter reported the blaze to the Ellsworth Fire Department, Chief Richard Tupper said.
Paid on-call firefighter Fred Hersom called in the fire and immediately checked the scene to make sure no one was inside the 428 Bangor Road home near the Dedham town line, Tupper said.
Officials were able to reach a renter who confirmed that there was no one in the house during the time of the fire, Tupper said. By 10 a.m., the Ellsworth Fire Department had the fire under control.
Fire departments from Dedham, Hancock, Trenton, Lamoine and Ellsworth responded to the blaze, as did members of the Ellsworth Police Department and the Hancock County Ambulance Service.
Traffic on Bangor Road, which is also Route 1A, was rerouted around the scene.
At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Tupper said that Captain Kevin Kane of the Ellsworth Fire Department was still investigating the cause of the fire.