DEDHAM — The owners of the Naked Blueberry store on West Street in Bar Harbor lost their home in a fire at their farm Friday morning. The home was a total loss.
Gail and Dan VanWart were away from home at the time of the fire. They and their dog have moved into the small apartment behind their Bar Harbor store.
The farmhouse contained the commercial kitchen where the Naked Blueberry jams and other products are made, but some inventory of frozen blueberries was saved. Their two cats were lost.
Peaked Mountain Farm is a blueberry farm and pollinator sanctuary located on Ellery’s Lane off of Bald Mountain Road. Dedham Fire Chief Craig Shane said the blaze was initially reported as black smoke in the area at 11:30 a.m. Friday. When crews arrived on scene, the structure was fully involved. The fire was contained by 12:30 p.m.
Shane said firefighters were concerned about the fire spreading due to the property’s mountain location, high winds and surrounding forest. The Forest Service was called in to help control the fire, which spread across two or three acres behind the house.
The home was destroyed. The cause is unknown, according to Shane. Crews from Holden, Orrington, Eddington and Ellsworth also responded to the incident.