May 28, 2020
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Fire destroys garage on Beaver Island at Phillips Lake

DEDHAM, Maine — A garage at a home on an island in Phillips Lake was lost Sunday morning to a fire of unknown origin, according to a local fire official.

Frank Myatt, chief of the Dedham Fire Department, said Sunday that no one was injured in the blaze, which was discovered when the homeowner opened a door to the garage and saw part of the interior in flames. The homeowner, David Wescott, called the Fire Department about 9:10 a.m.

“The fire was rocking when I got there,” Myatt said. “It was a real nice garage. He had [built-in] heat in the floor and everything.”

The fire was at Wescott’s home on Beaver Circle, which is on Beaver Island. Beaver Island is connected to the southern shore of Phillips Lake by road.

Myatt said Wescott was able to get his sport utility vehicle out of the garage undamaged, but a workshop, an exercise area and their contents were destroyed in the fire. Also destroyed was an upstairs bedroom in the garage.

“Everything was lost,” he said. “It’s completely ruined.”

About 30 firefighters from four towns were able to prevent the flames from spreading to Wescott’s nearby house, the chief said.

Firefighters from Dedham, Ellsworth, Holden and Eddington responded because they initially heard there were two simultaneous structure fires, but it turned out to be just the one, Myatt said. An ice fisherman who saw smoke also reported the fire but was not sure where it was, he said.

Myatt said his department has called the State Fire Marshal’s Office to assist to determine the cause of the fire.

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