Firefighters inspect damage from a fire that gutted a residence at Norwood Cove apartments on Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF SWHFD

Apartment fire squelched

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Firefighters here quickly extinguished a fire Friday at an apartment complex off Main Street on Friday.

The blaze at Norwood Cove Apartments was reported around 3:45 p.m. Fire Chief Sam Chisholm said he could see flames and black smoke coming from the second floor of the complex even before arriving on the scene.

Once at the complex, firefighters were able to knockdown the flames almost immediately, Chisholm said.

The fire started on the balcony in front of an apartment on the second floor of the building. Although no cause has been determined, Chisholm said he can not “eliminate the improper disposal of smoking materials.”

No one was at home in that particular apartment when the fire broke out. Southwest Harbor police and members of the Southwest Harbor-Tremont Ambulance Service made sure all other tenants had bee evacuated.

There was some concern that the fire had spread into the eaves of the building but that was not the case. If it had, the damage would have been much worse, Chisholm said.

All tenants were able to return to the building for the night.

Firefighters from Tremont, Mount Desert and Bar Harbor assisted Southwest Harbor.

Mark Good

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