A firefighter puts out the last of a fire in a summer camp on Long Pond Friday. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Fire destroys Long Pond camp



MOUNT DESERT — A small summer camp at 12 Sleepy Hollow Lane on the eastern shore of Long Pond was destroyed by fire last Friday afternoon, May 4.

No one was in the house at the time, and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is undetermined, but it is not considered suspicious, according to Fire Chief Mike Bender.

The camp is owned by the Ginsburg Family LLC, according to Mount Desert tax assessment records. The single-story, 866-square-foot structure, built in 1935, was assessed last year at $58,500. The 0.34-acre lot was valued at $485,100.

The fire was reported shortly after 4 p.m. By the time the first fire truck arrived a few minutes later, the camp was completely engulfed in flames, Bender said.

Responding to the fire along with the Mount Desert Fire Department were fire departments from Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Tremont.

Sleepy Hollow Lane is a right turn at the lower end of Blanchard Road. There are no fire hydrants in that area, Bender said, so water had to be brought to the scene.

“That’s why we called the three other towns and asked for all their tankers,” he said. “We set up a shuttle to provide us water. We filled the tankers at Ripples Dam on Ripples Road.”

Bender said the fire was extinguished and prevented from spreading beyond the camp.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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