June 19, 2018
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Fire guts garage, guest house, woodshed at Davis Pond camp

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — An early morning fire at a camp on Davis Pond gutted a garage, guest house and woodshed on Wednesday, according to officials.

Holden Fire Chief Ryan Davis said crews were dispatched to the camp at the end of Collette Road around 6:30 a.m., and he could see smoke billowing above the lake en route to the scene.

“I live on that [Eddington] side and you could clearly see the large flume of smoke,” Davis said.

The fire chief said the seasonal summertime camp was not affected by the blaze. The camp was about 50 feet away from the woodshed, guest house and single-story, two-bay garage, which were all connected.

“We were able to protect [the camp] from exposure,” said Davis.

Davis said the structure was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at the scene, and the roof had already caved in.

The chief added that crews also had to conserve water while getting water pumps set up in the pond.

Firefighters from Holden, Brewer, Eddington, Dedham, Orrington and Hampden managed to get the fire under control within an hour, but the blaze flattened the woodshed, garage and guest house, according to Davis.

An RV that was parked in front sustained minor damage to its rear bumper.

Davis said the nature of the damage will make it difficult to determine a cause.

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