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Firefighters injured as blaze destroys home

Cause undetermined
By Beth A. Birmingham | Mar 08, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham

Tenants Harbor — Fire departments from across Knox County battled a structure fire that began just before 1 p.m. March 8 on Balsam Lane in Tenants Harbor.

The fire was initially reported as smoke coming out of a garage attached to a house on the lane located between the River Road and Barter’s Point Road. The garage was later engulfed in flames and collapsed, as the fire spread to the attached home.

St. George Town Manager and Fire Capt. Tim Polky said homeowners Andrew and Lisa Gerakaris and their dog were home at the time the blaze started in the garage that was full of hay. A number of other outbuildings housed various animals like roosters and goats, but all were unharmed.

Sgt. Joel Davis of the State Fire Marshal's Office said March 12 the cause of the blaze was not able to be determined, as the portion of the second floor where it was believed to have started was destroyed.

One firefighter injured a shoulder from a fall on the icy path leading to the residence, and a second was injured when debris fell on her as the structure partially collapsed, according to Polky.

“The biggest problem was getting to it,” Polky said, “It’s just one lane and about a mile in.”

There are several lanes in the area, but none was plowed, as they are private.

Polky said he believes the structure is a total loss.

Crews from St. George, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Warren, Rockland, Owls Head and Rockport were among the departments responding to battle the fire or provide ambulance support. Some assisted in transporting water from a water supply in Tenants Harbor Village across from the fire station to the scene.

“It’s just how we have to do it,” Polky said when asked about the multi-connected hoses and teamwork involved in battling the blaze.

The 34 Balsam Lane address listed by fire officials is given on the St. George town website as being owned by the Ethel Gerakaris Irrevocable Trust in Boston.

Stephen Betts contributed to this story.

Tenants Harbor Fire
Crews on the way to Tenants Harbor Fire
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A dog, believed to be the homeowner's, sits patiently while firefighters battle the blaze. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Getting to the scene at 34 Balsam Lane in Tenants Harbor was difficult March 8. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Gear in the snow. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A team of Rockport firefighters works at breaking down the structure fire at 34 Balsam Lane in Tenants Harbor March 8. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Smoke from this structure fire in Tenants Harbor March 8 is visible from as far away as Riverside Market on Route 131 in South Thomaston. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
At some points of the battle, visibility was near zero. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
It took an act of weaving and teamwork to get the necessary hoses into the blaze at 34 Balsam Lane in Tenants Harbor March 8. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
It was quite the trek in to the actual fire scene. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Fire hoses snake the entire length from a Warren pumper on Spruce Lane to the structure fire on Balsam Lane in Tenants Harbor March 8. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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