Fire Chief Jon Marshall said investigation indicated the fire was caused by “combustibles too close to a wood stove” in the garage.
Marshall said homeowner Tom Joy told firefighters he had been painting Styrofoam lobster buoys earlier in the day. Along with some 100 buoys, which are combustible, the garage housed a motorcycle and several outboard motors, Marshall said.
The incident was initially called in as a grass fire but after investigation firefighters concluded the blaze started in the garage and spread to surrounding grass.
Joy’s modular home was scorched and the vinyl siding melted but there was no damage to the interior.
Firefighters from Hancock joined the Ellsworth crew at the scene. Lamoine firefighters stood by at the Ellsworth station to cover any other calls.
North Street is the portion of Route 179 that winds through Ellsworth Falls.