Firefighters limit damage to Christian Ridge Road apartments



ELLSWORTH — All residents were evacuated and no one was injured in a fire at an apartment house on the Christian Ridge Road on Tuesday evening.

Firefighters were able to “basically save the entire house,” said Ellsworth Fire Department Chief Richard Tupper.

“It’s got some water damage, smoke damage and fire damage,” said Tupper, but crews were able to confine the fire to the back of the main house at 315 Christian Ridge Road.

Tupper said firefighters had been considering cutting a hole in the roof to help fight the fire but ultimately were able to contain it without doing so.

They did have to pull down parts of a few walls and ceilings, said Tupper, “to expose what was burned and make sure the fire hadn’t spread.”

“The tenants will be displaced for a short time,” said Tupper, until an electrician can make sure the fire did not damage the house’s electrical system.

The call came in around 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Tupper said. Initial reports were that there was “someone in the upper level apartment.” Firefighters received word while en route that the space was clear and that all those inside were accounted for. There are three different apartments in the house, Tupper said.

There is not yet any indication as to what started the fire, Tupper said, but the fire marshal planned to look into it on Wednesday.

Crews from Lamoine, Hancock, Dedham and Trenton were on scene along with Ellsworth firefighters. Surry covered the Ellsworth fire station and ambulance crews from Northern Light Medical Transport also responded.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

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