Firefighters from nine towns helped extinguish a fire at this house in Blue Hill Monday. Quick action saved the house from being totally consumed by fire, but the owner of the house said extensive damage from the fire could force him to tear down the building. Firefighters take time to catch their breath after coming back from inside the burning house.—JAMES STRAUB

Fire Claims Old Blue Hill Home



Firefighters from nine towns helped extinguish a fire at this house in Blue Hill Monday. Quick action saved the house from being totally consumed by fire, but the owner of the house said extensive damage from the fire could force him to tear down the building. Firefighters take time to catch their breath after coming back from inside the burning house.—JAMES STRAUB
Firefighters from nine towns helped extinguish a fire at this house in Blue Hill Monday. Quick action saved the house from being totally consumed by fire, but the owner of the house said extensive damage from the fire could force him to tear down the building. Firefighters take time to catch their breath after coming back from inside the burning house.—JAMES STRAUB

BLUE HILL — Some 60 firefighters from Stonington to Ellsworth responded to a house fire in Blue Hill just before 10 Monday morning. Though firefighters quickly controlled the blaze, structural damage caused by the fire likely claimed the cape-style house that overlooked Salt Pond for more than 200 years.

“There’s a lot of history there,” Donald Allen, current owner of the house, said at the scene, as firefighters exhausted smoke from the building and carried out charred debris.

Allen said his daughter called 911 to report the fire after arriving there and seeing smoke billowing from the eaves. He said his daughter had lived in the family homestead until last November and had gone there Monday to retrieve some belongings.

For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

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