FLETCHER’S LANDING, Maine — A fire destroyed a garage and damaged a home on Graham Lake on Thursday morning but did not cause any injuries, according to a local fire official.

A nearby resident saw fire and smoke coming from the property on Driftwood Way and reported it around 10:45 a.m. By the time firefighters from neighboring Ellsworth arrived, the garage was fully involved and was threatening a home only about 10 feet away, Ellsworth Fire Chief Richard Tupper said.

Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames, which were licking the exterior of the home but did not spread inside the residence, Tupper said. The homeowner, Chip Archer, was not home when the fire broke out. He said he did not know whether the home and garage were insured.

Tupper said it is not clear what caused the fire and that the state fire marshal’s office has been asked to send an investigator to the fire scene. The were no vehicles inside the garage at the time of the fire.

The fire spread into nearby woods before it was extinguished, causing damage to a Chevrolet sedan parked behind the garage and to a small cabin.

Firefighters at the scene said that if they had arrived just a few minutes later, there could have been much more extensive damage to the home.

Multiple area fire departments assisted Ellsworth in the response. Departments in Lamoine and Hancock each sent tanker trucks to the scene to help extinguish the blaze.

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....