Beaucaire Avenue cottage destroyed by fire

By Stephanie Grinnell | Aug 07, 2014
Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell At 10 a.m. Aug. 7, firefighters and investigators moved among the smoldering remains of the cottage at 265 Beaucaire Ave.

Camden Fire Department was called to the scene of a cottage fire at 265 Beaucaire Ave. just before 3 a.m. Aug. 7.

Fire Chief Chris Farley said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time but an investigator from the Fire Marshal's Office was expected to arrive at the scene this morning. The residence was destroyed.

There was no one at the seasonal home at the time of the fire, though neighbors were evacuated. There are other homes surrounding 265 Beaucaire, some as close as 100-feet, Farley said.

"The neighbors said it was raining fire," he said, noting very tall pine trees around the structure were charred and dropping debris.

The homeowner, listed in town property records as Joseph Kimber, Trustee, was contacted this morning, Farley said. He said the property was a shared family seasonal residence.

Firefighters were forced to truck in water as there are no hydrants in the area, Farley said, and the access road is very narrow, presenting a further challenge.

Several other area fire departments also responded, including Lincolnville, Rockport, Hope and Union as well as Camden Police Department and North East Mobile Health Services.

Farley and a number of other firefighters remained at the scene at 9 a.m., awaiting the arrival of the Fire Marshal's Office. The remains of the structure continued to smolder.


(Courtesy of: Paul Wachter)
The cottage located at 265 Beaucaire Ave. in Camden was destroyed by fire Aug. 7. (Source: Vision Appraisal)
(Courtesy of: Sam Sailer)
Camden Engine 4 remained at 265 Beaucaire Ave. at mid-morning Aug. 7. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Sandy Cameron | Aug 07, 2014 18:48

Very sad to see this camp lost, but also a heart-felt thanks to all the responders.  I can only imagine the effort involved in trying to contain this blaze with limited resources and room to maneuver.  Thank you!!!!!!!

The camp next door.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Aug 07, 2014 09:43

Nice article and pictures, Stephanie. Shows the value of our local mutual aid program even though the cottage was lost. We are fortunate to have many dedicated first responders.

If you wish to comment, please login.