Fire destroys barn in Prospect

PROSPECT — Firefighters worked through the night and into the morning to put down and clean up a fire at a home and barn on Fort Knox Road, about a mile and a half from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

According to Prospect Fire Chief Tim Terry, the fire was reported just after midnight and led to the total loss of a barn and breezeway on the property.

The attached residence — a story-and-a-half Cape Cod-style farmhouse built in the early 1800s — took considerable smoke and water damage, Terry said.

Upon their arrival, “the barn was fully involved and the flames were probably 20 to 30 feet above the roof,” Terry recalled. “In our terms, she was roaring.”

It took the firefighters two hours to knock down the blaze.

Besides the Prospect Fire Department, units from Stockton Springs, Searsport, Frankfort Village, West Frankfort and Bucksport also responded. Most of those departments were delivering water in tankers, Terry said.

The homeowners, a man and a woman, managed to escape with their animals and weren’t hurt during the burn, Terry said. He believed their property was insured.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office would be investigating the cause of the fire, according to Terry, but he wasn’t optimistic that investigators would be able to determine anything.

“I don’t think we’re going to find a cause because there was so much damage,” he said.

Charles Eichacker

Charles Eichacker

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Charles Eichacker covers the towns of Bucksport, Orland, Castine, Verona Island, Penobscot, Brooksville and Dedham. When not working on stories, he likes books, beer and the outdoors. [email protected]

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