Bar Harbor firefighters work to extinguish a fire at Travelin' Lobster in Town Hill Tuesday night. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Fire destroys lobster shack

BAR HARBOR — The Travelin’ Lobster lobster shack on Route 102 in Town Hill was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived during Tuesday night’s snowstorm. The small restaurant building, less than a year old, was destroyed. No injuries were reported.

Owners Phil and Kelly Corson plan to rebuild the restaurant, which opened in its current location in 2016. They previously ran a lobster shack business at the former Rose and Eden Cottages on Route 3 with Kelly’s parents Hank and Charlene Tibbets, according to the restaurant’s website.

The fire was reported just before 9:30 p.m.

Phil Corson said a firefighter friend called him when he heard there was a structure fire in the area. He lives nearby and arrived before the firefighters. Several inches of snow were on the ground.

“I had this sick feeling,” he said. “But the first thing I thought of was just to plow out so they could get in there and save something.”

He plowed the restaurant’s driveway with his own truck. Engines and crews from Bar Harbor, Trenton and Mount Desert responded and quickly extinguished the fire. “The weather didn’t hamper the response too much time-wise,” Bar Harbor Fire Chief Matt Bartlett said. “Thanks to the guys here and mutual aid departments for a job well done.”

Corson often assists the fire department by transporting firefighters and equipment with his lobster boat, Nick’s Sum Day, during emergencies in the harbor.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Bartlett said. The state fire marshal was expected to investigate Thursday. The new restaurant building was assessed by the town at a value of $26,000.

The Southwest Harbor Fire Department and Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service provided station coverage in Bar Harbor.


Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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