A quick response by area fire departments, including the Otis Fire Department, resulted in a blaze at the Otis General Store being extinguished before it could damage much of the building. PHOTO COURTESY OF KATHY COOK

Damage minimal in fire at Otis General Store



OTIS — Firefighters from several Hancock County towns responded to extinguish a blaze Wednesday at the Otis General Store.

Owner Mike Warren said a compressor for the soda cooler caught fire.

“It just blew and went up into the eaves,” Warren said.

The damage was limited to the ceiling of the dining and grocery area, but the store will be closed for the time being, Warren said. He said he isn’t sure when he will be able to reopen the store.

“It depends on how quickly all the authorities and the insurance company make their determination,” Warren said.

No one was injured.

Numerous departments responded.

Hancock Volunteer Fire Department went to the scene, as did the Ellsworth Fire Department. Trenton Fire Department also responded.

The Lamoine Fire Department and the Surry Fire Department stood by at Ellsworth.

The Sullivan/Sorrento and Franklin fire departments stood by for Hancock.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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