A portion of the Deer Isle-Stonington High School caught fire Thursday afternoon. FILE PHOTO

Fire causes damage at Deer Isle-Stonington High School

DEER ISLE — A portion of the Deer Isle-Stonington High School caught fire Thursday afternoon while a torch was being used to burn weeds near the building, said Deer Isle Fire Chief Brent Morey.

“There’s a fair amount of damage,” Morey said. “They’re going to have to pull some stuff apart to rebuild.”

Morey estimated the area damaged was 10 to 15 feet long.

“It’s not huge,” he said.

Crews, including departments from Stonington, Sedgwick, Brooklin, Blue Hill and Surry, responded and were on scene for a couple of hours.

Additional fire departments located farther out from the island helped provide station coverage for the others.

“We pulled a lot in because we had a potential, a real big potential” for a significant fire, the chief said. “The [Hancock County] RCC did a really good job getting the fire departments organized and where they needed to go.”

There is still high fire danger, as there has been for the past couple of weeks.

“If you want to burn brush in a pile, it’s not smart to burn right now,” Morey said. But, things should never be burned against a building, the chief said.

Jennifer Osborn

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