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Dog alerts family to early morning fire in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — A Fort Kent dog awoke her family early Sunday morning to alert them that their garage was on fire. Bella, a Newfoundland/St. Bernard mix began pacing frantically into the bedrooms where her owners slept just after 4 a.m. Sunday at 115 Dubois Road as the garage, located just a few feet from the home, was engulfed in flames.

A Fort Kent garage was a total loss but firefighters were able to save a residence and nearby shed on Sunday, May 19. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

The homeowner, Mike Davenport and his family, including Bella, were able to escape the home before the fire overtook that structure.

Twenty volunteer firefighters with the Fort Kent Fire Department responded to the call, along with three engines, the tower ladder, squad truck and rescue truck.

“When we arrived there was a large two-car garage separate from the house that was very, very, very close (to the house) and was fully involved. The house was starting to burn as was another shed behind it,” said Fort Kent Fire Chief Ed Endee.

The firefighters were able to save the home, which received some damage to the exterior, as well as the shed. The garage and its contents, including several vehicles, were a total loss.

“This happened right when we were starting up our cooking for our annual chicken barbecue so we had several members at the fire station so we responded very quickly, but the fire had too big a head start on us for us to be able to stop the garage fire,” Endee said.

The Frenchville Fire Department provided mutual aid at the scene of the fire, and North Lakes Fire and Rescue provided coverage at the Fort Kent fire station.

Officials from the state fire marshal’s office were planning to investigate the cause of the fire on Monday, May 20.

No firefighters, civilians or hero pets were injured as a result of the fire.

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