Flames shoot from the roof of a building at the Bluenose Inn in Bar Harbor on Thursday. Smoke was visible from miles away. Bill Trotter/Bangor Daily News via Associated Press

BAR HARBOR — A portion of a large hotel in Bar Harbor caught fire Thursday, with flames shooting through the roof and smoke visible from miles away.

The multi-story Bluenose Inn was closed for the winter, and no one was inside the building, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Firefighters battle a blaze at the Bluenose Inn on Thursday in Bar Harbor. The fire engulfed most of an annex building directly across the parking lot from the inn’s main building. Bill Trotter/Bangor Daily News via Associated Press

When firefighters arrived shortly before 3 p.m., a corner of the building behind the hotel’s main structure was fully engulfed, the Mount Desert Islander reported. That corner collapsed about an hour later while firefighters worked to keep the flames from spreading,

Smoke billowed toward the College of the Atlantic, and a portion of Route 3 remained closed to traffic at 8 p.m., along with a number of secondary roads.

A water main break nearby was being repaired when the fire broke out, the Mount Desert Islander reported, causing fluctuations in water pressure in hoses connected to nearby hydrants. A crew from the town’s public works department was still making repairs early in the evening.

The fire engulfed most of the annex building. The main building burned down in the 1990s and was later rebuilt. Firefighters were still working to extinguish the blaze late Thursday, officials said.

A person who answered a call to the inn declined comment. Bluenose owner Layfayette Hotels also declined comment.


People watch as a flames from the Bluenose Inn engulf a building on Thursday in Bar Harbor. Bill Trotter/Bangor Daily News via Associated Press

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