St. John Valley

Fire marshal’s office investigating fire that flattened Fort Kent residence

FORT KENT, Maine — The state fire marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Fort Kent home Wednesday morning.
Mark and Patty Barthelemy were out of town when a passerby report the fire at 7:40 a.m. at their 669 South Perley Brook home.
Around 20 volunteer firefighters with the Fort Kent Fire Department immediately responded, but were unable to save the building.

Firefighters extinguish a blaze at a South Perley Brook residence on Wednesday morning, May 8, in Fort Kent. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

“There was nothing we could do to save the original structure,” Fort Kent Fire Chief Ed Endee said Wednesday afternoon.
With mutual aid from the Frenchville and North Lakes fire departments, the firefighters were able to contain the flames to the home, sparing neighboring homes, a large garage, and horses living on the property.
There were no animals inside the home at the time.
No injuries were reported.
Endee and a group of local firefighters remained on the scene throughout the afternoon to await investigators from the fire marshal’s office.
Once the investigators cleared the scene, the firefighters borrowed an excavator owned by Bruce Plourde to dig through the rubble.
“We picked the whole place apart and put all of the little remaining pockets of fire out,” Endee said.
The chief said the fire remains under investigation and it is possible the cause of the fire may never be determined.
Members of the Fort Kent Police Department, Ambulance Service Inc., Maine Forest Service and Emera Maine assisted at the scene.

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