SPRUCE HEAD ISLAND — A seasonal house was destroyed Monday morning by a fire.

Firefighters from around the region battled the Nov. 29 fire on Spruce Head Island.

The fire was reported at about 7:45 a.m. by a contractor who was arriving to do work at the property at 12 Granite St. Granite Street is off the Island Road near Atwood Lobster. The worker reported smoke coming out of the eaves of the home.

The initial call was that the fire was on Granite Lane which is in St. George. The person calling in the fire also said the location was near the town line of South Thomaston and St. George but gave no additional information. South Thomaston Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood said the initial miscommunication did not significantly impact the response time because crews were on their way in that direction. Calderwood said when he arrived at Granite Lane there was no fire and crews were redirected to Granite Street.

Chief Calderwood said after consultation with the state fire marshal’s office an electrical problem in an kitchen appliance is believed to be the cause of the fire. The contractors on the property were working on an outbuilding.

Smoke was still pouring out of the home at 8:30 a.m. Firefighters set up a portable water tank at the intersection of Granite Street and Island Road, as Granite Street is a narrow road.

Crews from South Thomaston, St. George, Rockland, Owls Head, Warren, Cushing, and Thomaston were at the scene. Some of the trucks parked by Atwoods, with firefighters walking the remainder of the short distance to the home. Spruce Head Island is part of South Thomaston.

No one was home at the time. There were no injuries. The home is owned by Lawrence and Susan Detweiler of Huntington, Vt., according to South Thomaston assessment records. The house is a seasonal residence.

By 9 a.m., all departments except South Thomaston, Thomaston, and St. George were able to return to their stations. South Thomaston arrived back at its station at noon.

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts