Fire claims Bucksport homestead

BUCKSPORT — A fire in the woods near the end of Upper Long Pond Road Saturday afternoon claimed a cabin and a shed belonging to a homesteader who lives off the grid, said Deputy Fire Chief Michael Denning.

The call initially came in as a shed on fire, Denning said. By the time the first firefighter arrived in a private vehicle, the fire had spread to the adjacent cabin.

“And when the engine finally arrived, both structures were fully involved,” Denning said.

Denning described the location as “a long way out and a long way off” the Upper Long Pond Road, which is off Mast Hill Road, which is off of Route 46 near Hancock Pond.

Nothing was “salvageable,” Denning said.

The fire also spread into the woods, claiming about three-quarters of an acre around the cabin.

Firefighters from Penobscot, Dedham, Orland and Orrington assisted.

Crews were called out around 12:30 p.m. and were on scene for a couple of hours.

The fire is not considered suspicious, but it is still under investigation, Denning said. The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office has been called to investigate “due to the sheer damage,” he said.

The resident did not have insurance on the structures.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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