BAR HARBOR — Firefighters from all Mount Desert Island towns turned out to watch several buildings burn to the ground Saturday – all in the name of becoming better firefighters.
Crews from Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor and Tremont participated in drills that included setting the structures on fire several times and putting the fire out.
Two of three buildings at the former Aquarius Antiques on Route 102 in Town Hill were burned. A third structure closer to the road will be demolished via conventional means.
According to Fire Chief Matt Bartlett, crews focused on testing new techniques that involve heavy streams of water being directed towards the ceilings in burning buildings to cool down incendiary gases making it easier to extinguish the fire.