ELLSWORTH — The car of a local fire chief and insurance agent was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the insurance agency where he works.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire that destroyed Chris Holmes’ cherry red Chevrolet Impala. A city fire official said there was so much damage to the vehicle it may not be possible to determine the cause.
Holmes is the fire chief in Hancock and works for Brown, Holmes & Milliken Agency at 67 Foster St. in Ellsworth. What was formerly the Holmes Agency was acquired by and merged with the Brown & Milliken agency earlier this year.
Ellsworth firefighters responded to the fire call a little before 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Deputy Ellsworth Fire Chief Gary Saunders said Holmes was alerted to the fire and attempted to put it out with fire extinguishers before firefighters arrived. Meanwhile, another person went and called the fire in.
There was concern initially that the fire posed a danger to the building, but Saunders said firefighters found it was far enough away so as not to cause a problem.
Firefighters put a mix of foam and water on the car to douse the flames, which were centered in the interior cabin of the car. There were no flames visible around the engine.
Saunders said firefighters focused on the dashboard area as where the fire may have started, but said the extent of the damage at this point means the cause of the fire is officially under investigation/undetermined.