October 18, 2017
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Fire destroys buildings at Dedham wild blueberry farm

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Updated:
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
The single family home at Peaked Mountain Farm on Ellery's Lane in Dedham was destroyed by fire Friday morning and because of the high winds and dry conditions, the fire spread into the woods. The homeowners and their dog were not home at the time, but their two cats have not yet been accounted for.

A fire broke out at Peaked Mountain Farm and Native Pollinator Sanctuary on Friday morning in Dedham that destroyed the homestead and another building and spread into the woods, according to a Penobscot County Regional Communications dispatcher.

When firefighters arrived, flames were already burning through the roof of the home, Dedham Fire Chief Craig Shane said Friday night.

“It expanded and caught the woods on fire,” the chief said. “It was blowing up the ridge. The forest service said it burned two acres.”

At least eight neighboring fire departments and the Maine Forest Service, who used a helicopter to drop water, assisted Dedham firefighters with the destructive blaze, which was reported at 11:21 a.m., the dispatcher said.

Peaked Mountain Farm, which sits upon Peaked Mountain, is located on Ellery’s Lane.

The 180-acre farm is a Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Certified Organic Wild Blueberry Grower and Processor, as well as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat and Monarch Waystation.

The farm is owned by Gail and Daniel VanWart, who also operate the Naked Blueberry gift shop in Bar Harbor. A message left for the VanWarts was not immediately returned.

Shane said the couple was not at home at the time of the blaze, but they did have insurance. There are two cats missing, Shane said, and there was one minor injury.

“I got one firefighter with an ankle injury,” Shane said.

 


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