ELLSWORTH- Flames breaking out in a garage in Ellsworth, but coordination and bit of luck keeping the building upright.
Firefighters aren’t yet sure how the fire started Saturday afternoon on Thera Way, but a member of the department happened to be driving in the area when he saw smoke, and called it in.
A call from the home owner followed shortly after, but the chief says trucks were already on the road.
“The crews actually were headed out here to check a permit burn, and while they were in route they got a report from the home owner that their garage was on fire. We automatically called for some mutual assistance from Lamoine, Hancock, and Trenton. When they got here it was a fully involved garage fire, crews attacked it pretty quickly… The cold water makes it a big challenge, it’s most wearing on the firefighters themselves. We have to keep the nozzles open, otherwise the water freezes up on us. The air packs are susceptible to cold as well, so they have to work hard to keep it going and get the fire out quickly,” said Richard Tupper, chief of the Ellsworth Fire Department.
Despite those frigid temperatures, firefighters had the blaze under control in less than ten minutes, and no one was injured.