Fire destroys Van Buren home
VAN BUREN, Maine – A family of five is staying with relatives following an overnight fire Monday, Feb. 13, in Van Buren that left their home a total loss. Van Buren Fire Chief Brian Caron declined to name the homeowners, Tuesday morning, as the fire remains under investigation.
More than 40 firefighters from the Van Buren, Grand Isle and St. Leonard, New Brunswick fire departments responded to the call at 233 Lake Road at approximately 6:45 p.m., according to Caron. The fire, which apparently started in the garage, had already moved into the home by the time firefighters began arriving, said Caron.
The home is a “total loss,” the chief said. The family also lost two vehicles, an all-terrain vehicle and a snowmobile. Caron said a family dog was likely outside at the time of the fire, but had not been located as of Tuesday morning.
There were no injuries to either the homeowners or responders, Caron said.
Multiple fire-fighting apparatus were deployed, included five tanker trucks which shuttled water to the engines and pumpers. According to Caron, between 800,000 and a million gallons of water were likely used to extinguish the blaze.
The below-freezing temperatures did not pose a significant problem to firefighters, according to Caron. However, the deep snow around the house did, necessitating a Van Buren Public Works payloader to clear adequate space for fire trucks.
The Van Buren Ambulance Service, Van Buren Police Department and the Van Buren Light & Power Company also responded to the fire.
By shortly after midnight, firefighters had extinguished the fire, although Caron left a single truck and crew at the scene for a short time as a precaution against flare ups.
An investigator with the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office is expected to arrive Tuesday, Caron said.
Editor’s note: An online fundraiser has been set up by Fort Kent Police Officer Connor Lapierre on behalf of his family at https://www.gofundme.com/mruc3-lapierre-family-rebuilding-fund