FAYETTE, Maine — A fire that destroyed the main lodge at Echo Lake Lodge and Cottages on Tuesday is believed to have started in the attic or on the second floor, Readfield fire Chief Lee Mank said Tuesday night.
No one was in the building at the time of the fire.
“It is a total loss,” Mank said.
State fire investigator Ken MacMaster was investigating the cause, Mank said.
The lodge was built in 1936 on Echo Lake Lodge Road. It was about 100 feet from Echo Lake.
A neighbor reported the fire at about 10:30 a.m.
More than 30 firefighters from the towns of Fayette, Readfield, Vienna, Manchester, Mount Vernon, Wayne and Livermore Falls responded to fight the fire, Mank said.
He said the second floor of the lodge was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
Firefighters used portable dump tanks and pumped water from Echo Lake to help fight the fire, Mank said.
The property includes nine cottages. The lodge had seven bedrooms and five full baths and comfortably slept 14 people, according to www.echolakecottages.com.
Maxwell said the lodge and cottages are owned by James and Evelyn Feagin of Fayette.