Ellsworth Fire Department’s Save The Basement Strategy Works Like A Charm

Ellsworth, Maine Fire department

Ellsworth, Maine Fire departmentELLSWORTH, Maine — A fire of unknown origin destroyed a two-story home in Ellsworth on Thursday afternoon, leaving the family that lived there safe but homeless. Firefighters from Ellsworth arrived at the blaze at 155 Stackpole Way around 2:30 p.m., after homeowner Dayton Arey arrived home from work and discovered the fire. “I came home and opened the door,” said a rain-drenched Arey on Thursday, standing at the head of his driveway with his shaken wife, Heidi. “There was black smoke billowing out.” From the nearby North Bend Road, motorists could see black-and-white smoke rising high into the sky. By the time firefighters arrived, the home was consumed in flames. Firefighters tried to drench the blaze with hoses, but by around 3 p.m., the roof collapsed with a loud, creaking moan. When it did, an electrical wire was severed and large white sparks shot down to the ground below, preventing firefighters from effectively battling the inferno. (read more at Bangor Daily News)