St. John Valley

Firefighters knock down garage fire in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine A garage housing a tractor trailer truck is a total loss but no nearby structures were damaged following a Saturday afternoon fire in Fort Kent. 

Fort Kent Fire Department received the call a few minutes before 1 p.m. and

21 Fort Kent volunteer firefighters responded to the scene at 299 North Perley Brook Rd. with three engines, the tower ladder, heavy rescue and squad trucks, said Fort Kent Fire Chief Ed Endee. 

Frenchville Fire Department assisted Fort Kent Fire in battling the blaze. 

The garage, owned by Jack Saucier, was heavily involved when firefighters arrived, Endee said.

The firefighters were able to contain the fire to the garage, although the truck, which was not attached to the trailer, as well as tools and equipment in the garage, were also destroyed by the fire. 

No firefighters or others were injured as a result of the fire. 

Endee said he will continue to investigate the cause of the fire, which he said appears to be accidental and not suspicious in nature. 

“Nobody was there when the fire started,” Endee said. 

Fort Kent Police Officer Cole Pelletier directed traffic on North Perley Brook Road while the firefighters worked to knock out the fire.

Ambulance Service Inc. was on standby at the scene as is protocol during structure fires. 

Firefighters cleared the scene at 3:41 p.m. 

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