BAR HARBOR, Maine — A fire Friday morning destroyed a camp on Bayview Drive, but no one was injured in the blaze, according to officials.

The fire occurred at 219 Bayview Drive. A long dirt driveway leads down to the water near Hadley Point, where by late Friday morning a pile of smoldering rubble was all that remained of the cabin that overlooked Eastern Bay.

The property is owned by Michael M. Lake Jr. and Merritt E. Lake of West Trenton, New Jersey, according to information posted in the town’s official online assessing database. The assessed value of the 830-square-foot cabin is $83,000.

Bar Harbor Fire Chief Matthew Bartlett said Friday afternoon that the owners were staying nearby with relatives when the fire broke out. He said the first call reporting the blaze to the Fire Department came in at 9:20 a.m.

The cabin was engulfed in flames and the roof had caved in by the time the first firefighters arrived, he said.

Bartlett said officials have heard anecdotal reports from people who were in the area that an explosion was heard shortly before the fire was reported.

“We haven’t been able to confirm” whether an explosion contributed to or was caused by the fire, he added.

The chief said the case has been forwarded to the state fire marshal’s office to see if investigators can determine the cause of the blaze.

Firefighters from Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Tremont and Trenton worked to try and extinguish the flames and make sure they did not spread into the adjacent woods. Members of the Northeast Harbor Ambulance also assisted, while firefighters from Ellsworth stood by at the Bar Harbor station in case they were needed.

Bartlett said firefighters cleaned up and left about 11:30 a.m., but they had to go back Friday afternoon to put out some smoldering hot spots.

“We’ll keep an eye on it overnight,” he said.


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....