News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, September 12, 2013
Fire destroys home in Brooksville, cause unknown

Structure fire in Brooksville

Brooksville firefighters battled a structure fire on Saturday, September 7. The home was completely destroyed and ultimately had to be leveled. Crews returned the following day to fully extinguish the smoldering remnants.

Photo courtesy of David Waite

by Faith DeAmbrose

A fire leveled a home on Brooksville’s Ferry Road Saturday morning, September 7, leaving it nearly impossible to determine the fire’s origin.

According to Brooksville Fire Chief Matt Dow, the fire was called into the Regional Call Center at 8:12 a.m. as an “out of control grass fire,” but Dow said that when he arrived six minutes after the tone went out, he found the two-and-a-half-story home of Whitney Landon fully engulfed. Landon was en route to bring his son to school, said Dow, and had left about an hour before the fire began. No one was home when fire crews arrived.

Dow said he called immediately for mutual aid and the departments of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Deer Isle and Orland assisted in extinguishing the flames, with the departments of Castine and Surry on stand-by for the peninsula. Peninsula Ambulance Corps also assisted on the scene.

Due to the extent of the fire damage, an excavator had to be called in to tear down the structure to keep the fire from continuing to burn, said Dow, adding that the contents of the basement appeared to be in tact and that the attic and upper floors fell on to the first floor but did not break into the basement.

The home was insured, said Dow.