Fire crews hose down the debris after fire flattened a new art studio building under construction on Long Pond in Mount Desert Thursday morning. PHOTO COURTESY OF JACK MARTEL

Fire levels art studio

MOUNT DESERT — Investigators are unable to determine the cause of a May 11 fire that destroyed an art studio at a property on Long Pond, according to Chief Mike Bender of the Mount Desert Fire Department.

Fire Marshall John Wardwell visited the scene and was able to rule out arson, Bender said.

A fisherman in a boat spotted the fire on the eastern shore of Long Pond around 5:40 a.m. and called the fire department. The building, which was undergoing the final stages of construction, was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the Sand Point Road property, Bender said.

“The roof and walls had partly collapsed,” Bender said. “We went right to defensive mode.”

Firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to an adjacent art studio.

Sand Point Road is a narrow camp road off the Beech Hill Road not far from the entrance to Camp Beech Cliff. It leads to several seasonal homes. With no source of water readily available at the fire scene, firefighters relied on a dry hydrant several miles away, Bender said.

Bender described the studio as a one-story wood building of about 1,200 square feet with an open floor plan and a metal roof. The property is owned by Lake Folly LLC. Bender estimates the loss at $100,000.

The Mount Desert Fire Department was aided by firefighters from Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Tremont. The Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service also assisted.

Updated May 17 at 10:50 a.m.


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