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Ellsworth Fire 

Fire destroyed a garage in Ellsworth and almost took out a nearby home.Smoke in the building on North St. was reported Tuesday afternoon.Fire crews from Ellsworth and Hancock arrived on scene to find the garage aflame, with the fire scorching the side of the owner’s home.Firefighters managed to save the home, but the garage is a total loss.No one was home, and there were no injuries.The fire also caught the surrounding grass on fire, which almost spread to a nearby home.Officials from the Maine Forest Service continue to warn that conditions are very dry right now, and the fire danger remains high.Grass and brush fires were reported in Plymouth, Bradford and Orland.