ELLSWORTH, Maine — A fire Thursday afternoon at a multi-unit apartment building near downtown caused significant damage to the building and resulted in a primary road being closed to traffic for several hours.
At least half a dozen surrounding towns sent firefighters to fight the blaze, which was reported at around 3 p.m. The first firefighters on the scene found flames coming through a basement window of 65 Oak St., and the fire quickly spread up through the walls to the first and second floors, according to Ellsworth Fire Chief Richard Tupper.
“We do not know what caused the fire at this point,” Tupper said. “We certainly will have the State Fire Marshal’s Office here to investigate. A lot of the building was saved, so hopefully we can figure out what the cause is.”
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....
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