Building next to Prospect Harbor Lighthouse catches fires

Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 9:18 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2022 at 8:05 AM EDT
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PROSPECT HARBOR, Maine (WABI) - What’s left of the cottage at the lighthouse in Prospect Harbor may need to be torn down after being engulfed in flames Monday morning.

Prospect Harbor Lighthouse
Prospect Harbor Lighthouse(WABI)

Several fire departments were mobilized after being dispatched at around 5:15 a.m.

They say they nearly had the fire extinguished within the first hour before strong winds changed their course and reignited the flames.

Faced with a fire changing direction, the crews had to get creative.

”We did try a new tactic. With it actually being a lighthouse, we went up to actual lighthouse and poured water back to on the fire,” said Gouldsboro Fire Chief Todd Daley.

Although they were able to save the downstairs of the cottage, the future of this beloved landmark is uncertain.

“It’s a very close-knit community still a lot of older people here but then a lot of people that have moved in from other states, but everybody just loves it,” said Susan Scott who has lived in the area for over 71 years.

The cottage had been used as a rental property for current and retired personnel of the Naval station the lighthouse is on. A family of four was staying in the cottage at the time of the fire and they called 9-1-1 after being awoken by alarms.

Home on fire near Prospect Harbor Lighthouse
Home on fire near Prospect Harbor Lighthouse(Lexie Kearns)

Thankfully no injuries were reported, and the lighthouse was undamaged.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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