TRENTON, Maine — A fire late Sunday night severely damaged an apartment in a rental property on Route 3 near the causeway to Mount Desert Island but no one was injured in the blaze, according to a local official.
A couple renting the apartment escaped unharmed, but a cat they owned has been unaccounted for since the fire was reported at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Trenton Fire Chief Richard Gray said Monday morning.
The building that burned is located next to the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound and across the highway from the former Days Inn motel.
“It’s been all kinds of things,” Gray said of the building.
An ell on the back of the building that houses a business was undamaged in the blaze, according to Gray. Besides the front part of the building, two vehicles parked next to the building were destroyed in the flames.
Gray said he did not know whether the building was insured but assumed that it was.
“The owner is in Florida,” he said.
Gray said he doesn’t believe the fire is suspicious but that the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating to see whether the cause of the fire can be determined. He said he believes the couple was put up last night at an area motel by the Pine Tree Chapter of the Red Cross.
Approximately 45 firefighters from Trenton, Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Hancock and Lamoine responded to help extinguish the flames, Gray said.