SULLIVAN, Maine — A fire destroyed most if not all of a house on Route 183 on Tuesday afternoon, according to a local fire official.

Mike Pinkham, assistant fire chief in Sullivan, said that the front part of the house, closest to the road, may be salvageable.

No one was at the house, which is located less than a mile from Route 1, when the fire was reported around 3:15 p.m., according to Pinkham. He said two men cutting trees in the woods behind the house saw a plume of black smoke coming up from the property and quickly called it in to dispatchers.

The two men came out of the woods and let two dogs that were in the house outside, the assistant chief said, but some cats who lived in the house may not have survived. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, he said.

Pinkham said that Fire Department officials do not have enough information to guess what may have started the fire, which appeared to have started in a rear attached garage. He said he expects the state fire marshal’s office will be contacted and asked to look into the cause.

“I got here in about five minutes and the garage was fully involved,” Pinkham said.

Pinkham said he was not sure of the names of the people who live in the house.

More than 30 firefighters from Sullivan and several nearby towns went to fight the blaze. Franklin, Gouldsboro, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Steuben and Winter Harbor were among the towns whose departments assisted at the scene.

It is the second house fire in Sullivan in the past 11 days. Another fire destroyed a house on Quarry Road on Jan. 24 — the second time in the past six years the Tracey family has had their home on that property consumed by flames.

Pinkham said anyone who might want to make donations to either family can do so at the Sullivan town office during business hours.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....