Ellsworth Fire Chief Richard Tupper said firefighters received a report of a structure fire around 2 p.m. on Saturday.
said workers at Atlantic Landscape and a neighbor hooked up a garden hose and put water on the fire.
did not endorse the move, because it could have put them in danger, he
said it did help keep the fire from spreading.
"They were able to successfully hold the fire at bay until crews got there," he
said firefighters made short work of extinguishing the fire and actually spent more time getting smoke out of the building afterward.
said a pallet of fiberglass screening, a material used to wrap trees while in transport, somehow caught fire.
"We're very thankful for them responding," said Tupper
of the mutual aid crews, "because if it had turned into something we would have needed their help and then some."
said Saturday's fire also offers a chance to remind motorists about Maine's law regarding emergency vehicles.
When a driver sees a fire truck, police cruiser or ambulance with its lights on, he
needs to pull over and stop and let the vehicle go by.
said drivers sometimes neglect the second part, and he
has been in a fire truck responding to a scene while traffic that has pulled over to the right is still driving at 55 or 60 mph in the breakdown lane.
"That makes for a very dangerous situation for everybody," he