ELLSWORTH — Firefighters were called to a boat fire on North Street Friday afternoon. The cause of the fire was not known in its immediate aftermath.
Deputy Ellsworth Fire Chief Kevin DePrenger said a half-dozen firefighters responded to the call, which came in around 3 p.m. A man who saw the 20-foot wooden boat on fire called it in when he drove past the scene.
The boat is located in an overgrown field near the intersection with Patriot Road (the southern end of the former Route 180, which carried traffic across the Green Lake Dam).
DePrenger said no one had been working on the boat at the time of the fire, and that the owner said the vessel had been vandalized in the past. DePrenger said the boat was not seaworthy, and was being stored at the site for use of some of its parts.
“We’re not sure what the ignition source was,” he said just after the fire on Friday. He said Capt. Kevin Kane would be returning to the scene to conduct additional investigation.