Steuben home destroyed by fire; support pours in

Flames tear through a Steuben cabin located on Route 1 Friday, destroying the residence of Theresa Stanwood. NADINE LEACH BARNES PHOTO

STEUBEN — A fire that lasted almost 12 hours tore through a Steuben cabin located on Route 1 Friday, destroying the residence of Theresa Stanwood.

“It’s pretty upsetting,” said Stanwood’s daughter, Nadine Barnes, who lives on an adjacent property. “My dad built that cabin in 1977 with a lot of help from the community. It’s got a long family history. There are a lot of memories in there, and now she has lost everything.”

She did not know what caused the fire.

The Steuben Volunteer Fire Department was the first to respond, eventually being joined by firefighters from Sullivan, Sorrento and Columbia Falls. Firefighters worked for almost 12 hours to try and put out the blaze, but ultimately could not save the building.

Barnes said her mother tried to go back into the house once the fire had started to try and save some of her family’s possessions, but had to be pulled away by a friend.

“It hasn’t completely sunk in with her,” Barnes said. “We’ve kept her away from any photos that are up, and she hasn’t seen the complete loss yet. It’s a very sad sight to see, and it’s difficult for all of us so I can only imagine how she’s going to feel when she sees it.”

Saying that it feels like the days have just blended together since the fire, Barnes noted that she and her family have received an outpouring of support from neighbors and friends. That includes offers of furniture and a place for Stanwood — who has been staying with her daughter, Brenda Ledezma, the owner of Momo’s Cheesecakes in Ellsworth — to stay temporarily.

“It’s very hard, especially with the holiday coming up,” Barnes said. “We’re just thankful for the firefighters that responded so quickly, and thankful that my mom is OK.”

Maxwell Hauptman

Maxwell Hauptman

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Maxwell Hauptman joined The Ellsworth American as a reporter in 2018. He can be reached at [email protected]

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