ELLSWORTH, Maine — Residents or those passing through the city on Sunday may see smoke coming from a residential area near the waterfront. But this house fire will be set intentionally by firefighters as a training exercise for the local fire academy.
The Hancock County Firefighters Association plans to conduct a controlled burn at 19 Washington St. on Sunday morning and afternoon. Most of Washington Street, which runs between the commercial district on Route 1 and Water Street, will be closed beginning around 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. until the exercise is complete in the afternoon.
The association typically conducts one controlled building fire as part of its annual fire academy training program. About 25 students are expected to participate in this weekend’s burn, which will include training on how to fight fires from both inside and outside of the building.
Ellsworth Fire Chief Richard Tupper said the old house, which is unused and in poor condition, was donated by the owners for firefighter training purposes. Tupper said there will be numerous instructors, firefighters and extra apparatus on scene to ensure that the controlled burn goes smoothly and that the fire is contained to that property.