The call came into the Bar Harbor Fire Department at 6:33 PM, that the Portside Grill at 38 Cottage Street in Bar Harbor was on fire. As of 8:20 PM, fire trucks from Bar Harbor, Trenton, Hancock, Tremont,  Lamoine, Southwest Harbor, Ellsworth and Mount Desert are all battling to control the fire and insure that it doesn't spread to adjacent buildings such as the The Thirsty Whale and Rite Aid. Travelers are advised to stay away from Cottage Street. We will keep this post updated as we receive more information.

Portside Grill Fire 8 PM Photo Courtesy Matthew Hochman


Portside Grill Fire 8:35 PM Photo Courtesy Brenda Fernald
Portside Grill Fire Photo Courtesy Matthew Hochman

9:24 PM The Mount Desert Islander is reporting that the fire is out, and crews are now checking the interior of Rite Aid and Thirsty Whale to insure there are no hot spots or fire inside.

10:20 PM The Mount Desert Islander reports the adjoining Thirsty Whale Tavern and Rite Aid drug store suffered heavy smoke and water damage and exterior scorching but did not catch fire. Police evacuated people from all nearby structures early on. No injuries were reported.

Photo Courtesy Matthew Hochman

Acadia Veterinary is offering if anyone involved in the fire needs a safe place for their pets to stay, they can bring them to Acadia Vet. Call 266-0076 or knock on their door