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Fort Kent firefighters arrive in time to put out shed fire, save home

FORT KENT, Maine — Local firefighters prevented a shed fire from taking down a North Perley Brook residence on April 11.

The 17 firefighters who responded to the fire call shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday were able to keep flames from the burning shed from also destroying the garage located just four feet away.

Though the shed was engulfed and flames had extended to the garage when they arrived, the firefighters saved the home and attached garage at 169 North Perley Brook, according to Fort Kent Fire Chief Ed Endee

“We were able to stop (the fire) from doing much damage to the attached garage,” Endee said. “It did burn a little bit on the outside on the roof area but we were able to put it out and keep it from doing any more damage.”

An unknown person called to notify officials of the fire as no one, including homeowner, Kaylee Dionne, was at the house when the fire broke out.

There were no reported injuries.

The shed and its contents, including a Polaris RZR side by side and a Cub Cadet tractor with an attached snowblower, were destroyed, according to Endee.

A separate section at the rear end of the shed housed seven egg laying hens.

Dionne was not presently living in the home as there is an issue with the septic system, but she or someone else visited daily to check on the chickens, according to Endee. The hens all perished in the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, Endee said.

The chief said the early evening time of the fire may have helped to prevent it from causing further destruction.

“If [the fire] had been in the middle of the night, it could have been a different scenario in terms of how much burned,” he said. “Fortunately, it happened during the daytime when someone noticed.”

The firefighters cleared the scene at about 7:20 p.m.

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Editor’s note: This version corrects an earlier one that said an unknown quantity of chicks died in the fire.

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