Update: Cause of Eastbrook fire may never be known

Firefighters work to extinguish hot spots in the smoldering remains of a hay barn on the Webb Pond Road in Eastbrook that was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon. The nearby home (seen in the background) was heavily damaged when the fire spread from the barn to the house. A fire official said no one was injured in the blaze, however. An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was unable to determine the cause of the fire, due to the extent of the damage.

EASTBROOK — An investigation into what caused a fire that destroyed a barn and heavily damaged a nearby home on Webb Pond Road last week has failed to find any answers.

“The origin and the cause are undetermined due to the extent of the damage,” said Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, speaking Tuesday. “The investigation is closed.”

The fire at 93 Webb Pond Road destroyed a large hay barn, and spread to a nearby house which was heavily damaged by heat, flames, smoke and water and rendered uninhabitable.

No one was injured by the fire, but officials said it is possible some pets perished in the blaze.

Franklin Fire Chief Bob Grindle said the home had been occupied, though he did not know the names of anyone who was living there.

Fire crews were called to the scene around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Grindle said wind carried sparks from the barn to the house, about 20 to 30 feet away, and the fire in the house started in the attic of the ell on the house.

Firefighters from Eastbrook and Franklin were joined by crews from Hancock, Sullivan, Waltham, Sorrento and Gouldsboro, as well as County Ambulance.

Grindle estimated about 35 to 40 firefighters were at the Webb Pond Road scene.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

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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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