A man pushes a go-cart away from a burning garage in Fletchers Landing as firefighters work to extinguish the flames Thursday morning. PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

Fire destroys garage, damages home in Fletchers Landing



FLETCHERS LANDING — Fire destroyed a garage and damaged a nearby home and camp on the shore of Graham Lake Thursday morning.

The fire, at 63 Pigeon Road, was reported around 10:45 a.m. by a passerby who saw smoke. Ellsworth Fire Chief Richard Tupper said a crew was sent to the scene to investigate, and while en route to Pigeon Road got confirmation that there was a fire.

“On arrival, they did find the three-car garage fully involved,” he said. Tupper said crews did a “fine job” getting the fire knocked down, but the extent of the damage rendered it a total loss.

A house about 10 feet away was saved, however, with only minor damage. The home was located between the lake and the garage, and Tupper said firefighters were aided by the fact the wind was blowing in off the water. That pushed flames away from the home instead of toward it.

A nearby camp, about 25 to 30 feet away, was also damaged by a ground fire that spread away from the garage. It, too, was saved with only minor damage. Tupper said the camp had less damage than the home.

It did not appear there were any vehicles in the garage when the fire broke out, but a newer model Chevrolet Impala parked behind the garage and a metal boat leaning against the structure were both damaged in the fire.

Tupper said homeowner Chip Archer was not home at the time the fire broke out, having gone into town, and that he did not know what might have started the fire.

“He was on his way back when he saw the smoke as well, as we were responding,” said Tupper of Archer. “There was nothing going on when he left, he said, and when he came back he saw the same thing we did.”

Neighboring towns including Hancock and Lamoine provided mutual aid, sending trucks and firefighters to the scene.

“Without their help, it would have been a more difficult fire, for sure,” said Tupper.

No one was injured in the fire, according to the fire chief. Speaking at the scene, he said he was not sure if Archer had insurance on the garage.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to try to determine the cause, Tupper said.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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