EASTON — An early morning fire on Friday, Nov. 29, partially destroyed a building at 18 N. Hanson St. in Easton.

Firefighters from the Easton Volunteer Fire Department responded at 3 a.m. to the two-alarm fire at Mill Place II. The fire damaged the back half of the building, which houses three businesses.

The back of the building occupied by HearingLife in Suite 3 sustained the most damage. No one was in the building at the time.

Wayne Watts, who lives at 210 Goldsborough St., saw the fire from his bathroom window and called 911 at 3:02 a.m., he said. The view from the window overlooks the building’s parking lot.

“The wind was blowing embers around quite a bit,” Watts said. “It probably fueled the fire.”

“There were an estimated 70 firefighters out here, and it was a second alarm,” Deputy State Fire Marshal Chris Fenzel said. “It is still under investigation on who actually owns the building.”

A home at 206 August St. also sustained fire damage, according to the Facebook page of Eastern Shore Fire/EMS/Police Breaking News.

Watts said he felt his house wasn’t in danger, but he moved his car farther away. The cement block building’s roof caved in during the fire, he said.

Witnesses reported seeing embers driven by gusting winds a block away.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Editor Connie Connolly contributed to the story.

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