A fire at a Shore Road home started Monday afternoon after residents tried to thaw frozen pipes. Crews from Lamoine, Trenton, Ellsworth and Hancock responded to the call. Deputy Fire Chief Stu Marckoon said the damage was limited and the residents did the right thing by getting outside and calling 911 quickly. For addressing frozen pipes, “The first thing we recommend is getting a hold of a plumber, that would be the best choice,” Marckoon said. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY REBECCA ALLEY

Thawing frozen pipes sparks Lamoine fire



LAMOINE A fire broke out at a home on the Shore Road Monday when residents attempted to thaw freezing pipes and started a fire inside the walls. The source of the fire was located behind a circuit breaker box. 

“Something in that process got too hot and ignited the structure,” said Deputy Fire Chief Stu Marckoon. 

Damage was limited as the residents “did the right thing. They got out of the house, they called 911 quickly,” Marckoon said. 

The call came in at 12:52 p.m. The Trenton, Hancock and Ellsworth fire departments also responded.

The Bar Harbor Fire Department was on standby for Trenton, Sorrento/Sullivan was on standby for Hancock and Orland was on standby for Ellsworth.

The agencies from Trenton, Hancock, Lamoine and Ellsworth are mutual aid partners, Marckoon explained. They automatically respond to calls each town receives. 

“The Fire Department did a really good job getting the fire out quick. It could have been a whole lot worse,” Marckoon said. 

It is that time of year when frozen plumbing can be a reality.

“The first thing we recommend is getting a hold of a plumber, that would be the best choice,” Marckoon suggested for how to address frozen pipes. 

Another option is to use a hairdryer, which can gradually thaw frozen pipes, he said.

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]