SULLIVAN - A home in Sullivan was destroyed by fire as crews arrived on scene just after three o'clock Tuesday afternoon, facing a blaze that would take several hours to knock down.
Tanks from multiple fire crews worked Tuesday afternoon into the night battling a hefty fire on the Tunk Road in Sullivan.
"It was a fully involved structure fire," Chief Chris Eklund, of Sullivan Fire, says. "I've got crews from Lamoine, Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor, Franklin, Steuben, Trenton, and a four man crew from Ellsworth."
Upon arrival crews were dealing with a blaze engulfing the home at extreme temperatures. Fortunately no one was there at the time it started.
"They were all at work. The oldest daughter was at college, the youngest was at school," Chief Eklund says.
Officials say the fire appears to have started in the garage in the rear of the house. It then spread towards the front - they say the home appears to be a total loss.
Chief Eklund says the challenge with this fire was the amount of time spent fighting it. Firefighters exhausted from the cold temperatures and the reappearance of flames.
For many there Tuesday it wasn't the first house fire they'd fought this year. For some, it was their second or third.
"This is our second house fire that we've been to in our own town," Chief Eklund says. "Steuben has had three, and Milbridge has had a couple."
The fire marshal's office has been called in to determine a cause.
Officials say the home was insured.
Eklund also says the family's two dogs were able to make it out of the blaze safely, however, some cats are unaccounted for, while some rabbits and chickens did perish.