May 21, 2018
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Fire damages Ellsworth garage

Firefighters look at the damaged building at Jim's Auto Repair shop in Ellworth after they put out the fire Friday afternoon. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A fire that broke out at an auto repair shop Friday morning damaged a garage building and two vehicles but did not cause any injuries, according to a fire official.

The fire was reported at Jim’s Auto Repair on Foster Street around 10:30 a.m., according to Capt. Kevin DePrenger of the Ellsworth Fire Department. State fire marshal investigators were called to the scene to try to determine how the fire started, DePrenger said.

He said fire and heavy black smoke were coming out of two bays by the time firefighters got there a few minutes after receiving the report. Garage employees had tried to put out the blaze with a garden hose and fire extinguishers but were unsuccessful. They were able to move other vehicles away from the blaze to keep it from spreading, he said.

DePrenger said two vehicles were lost in the fire but that the garage was only partially damaged.

“It wasn’t a complete loss,” he said.

DePrenger said the building probably was insured. He said about 20 firefighters from Ellsworth and Hancock went to the garage. Fire departments in Lamoine and Trenton also assisted by standing by at nearby fire stations. Firefighters had the fire extinguished by about 12:30 p.m., he said.

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