Ellsworth firefighters assisted Trenton Saturday night and then got help from them Sunday morning when they responded to a fire inside an apartment at the corner of Park and Oak streets, Ellsworth Fire Chief Richard Tupper said Sunday.
The apartment fire in Ellsworth
was reported around 5:30 a.m., according to Tupper
All tenants got out of the building safely and, when firefighters arrived minutes later, they looked in through a window and saw flames hitting the ceiling, he
said the fire initially was reported as starting in a chair but firefighters are not sure of the cause.
said a quick call to 911 and the rapid response of his
department, despite the freshly fallen snow, limited damage to the one apartment in the building.
"The outcome could have been a lot worse," Tupper
Three tenants in the damaged apartment, which is not habitable, have been put in touch with the Red Cross, according to the Ellsworth
One of them was taken to the local hospital in Ellsworth
to be treated for smoke inhalation but has since been released, he
said about 10 firefighters from Ellsworth
and Lamoine responded to the scene, while more from Trenton stood by in case they were needed.