ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two families were displaced Wednesday evening after a fire significantly damaged one apartment and resulted in water damage to another, according to a local official.
No one was home at the time of the blaze and there were no injuries, Fire Chief Jon Marshall said. The cause of the fire had not yet been determined.
The blaze broke out in a second-story apartment connected to the back of Tracey’s Salon on Foster Street. A passer-by noticed smoke around 5:30 p.m. and called the Fire Department, Marshall said.
The fire appears to have started near a mattress in the bedroom of the second-floor apartment, according to Marshall.
Each tenant has at least one pet, but none of the animals was harmed in the blaze. A dog owned by a tenant who was not at home was with the tenant, according to Marshall, while a small lizard-type pet owned by the first-floor tenant escaped without injury. A firefighter was seen carrying a glass terrarium with the reptile in it out of the building after the fire had been extinguished.
One of the rooms in the downstairs apartment has significant water damage, while the upstairs apartment has substantial damage from fire, smoke, water and firefighting efforts. There is minor water damage in the back part of the salon where it connects to the apartments, the fire chief said.
Marshall said the building is owned by Randy Sinclair of Sinclair Builders and it is insured. The property, which includes another nearby mixed-use building that was unharmed by the fire, is listed for sale by a local real estate firm for $309,000.
The local chapter of the Red Cross has contacted the tenants of the apartments and is expected to put them up for the night at a local motel, according to Marshall.