ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- More than 50 firefighters in Downeast Maine responded to a house fire in the city Thursday afternoon.
The fire broke out at the home on Stackpole Way sometime after 3 p.m. The family that lives there called 9-1-1 when they came home to find smoke spilling out of the roof of their house.
Firefighters from six communities responded. Many departments brought tanker trucks to dump water on the fire.
The house was deemed a total loss.
"Communications was difficult," said Ellsworth fire chief Richard Tupper, "We're kind of in a gully here and it was difficult to communicate back to other units the issues that we had and what we needed."
The Red Cross has been called in to help the family. At this point, fire officials say they can't determine what caused the fire. The State Fire Marshal's office will investigate.