WINTER HARBOR, Maine — A large home on Grindstone Avenue sustained relatively minor damage Monday morning when a fire of undetermined cause began in a interior wall, according to the local fire chief.

Jeff Alley Jr. said that six area fire departments sent firefighters to the scene and three more were put on standby in case they were needed. But the first few firefighters who arrived on scene after the call went out around 11 a.m. managed to put it out without much trouble, Alley added.

Alley said the fire appeared to have ignited in an interior wall of an enclosed porch and was climbing up the wall toward the second floor before it was extinguished. He said there was no obvious indication of how the fire began. The chief added that he planned to contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office to see if they might send someone to investigate how it started.

About 40 firefighters from Winter Harbor, Gouldsboro, Franklin, Hancock, Sorrento and Sullivan responded to the blaze, while others from Eastbrook, Lamoine and Steuben were prepared to respond.

Alley said the home, which he was confident is insured, was habitable and just had to be ventilated. The only visible damage from outside the home was a hole in the cedar shingling above the porch where firefighters checked to make sure the flames had not crawled up the wall to the second floor.

The large home is part of the Grindstone Neck neighborhood of Winter Harbor, where many seasonal residents own houses with assessed values of half a million dollars or more.

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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....