St. John Valley

Two fires hours apart near same potato house bring fire marshal to scene

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — The state fire marshal will investigate a Wednesday afternoon fire at a storage garage near Ed Pelletier and Sons in Frenchville, which was the second fire near the business on the same day.

Twenty-two volunteer firefighters with the Frenchville Fire Department responded to the fire call shortly after 4:30 p.m. Madawaska and St. Agatha firefighters provided mutual aid.
The firefighters were able to save the storage garage and the tools and equipment contained inside.
“The guys did a good job,” said Frenchville Fire Chief Peter Parent. “There was minimal damage to the garage. It was still standing up and the equipment is still good.”
On Wednesday morning the Frenchville firefighters responded to another fire call near the business, and only about 100 feet away from the storage garage fire, according to Chief Parent.
A utility truck had caught fire when the boom of the truck came into contact with a power line.
Chief Parent did not comment on whether the fires were related and declined to speculate about the cause of the second fire pending the fire marshal investigation.

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