St. John Valley

Fire destroys Cross Lake home

CROSS LAKE, Maine — It was a long night for volunteer firefighters from two St. John Valley departments who responded to a fire at a Cross Lake home on Wednesday.

The rental home located at 326 West Side Road was a total loss. A tenant of the home called 911 at 2:25 a.m.

North Lakes Fire and Rescue Chief Darren Woods said between his department, and mutual aid from St. Agatha Fire Department, 20 firefighters responded to the fire call.

No people or pets were injured.

Woods, who is also director of Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency, said he is thankful to Versant Power for disconnecting power from the house to keep the firefighters safe, and Babin Construction for helping with overhaul of the fire. 

“In these days of higher work demands and shrinking volunteers, it is great that our government, private business and individual citizens are willing to come together and help when our neighbors need us the most,” Woods said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The firefighters left the house at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

CROSS LAKE, Maine — August 5, 2021 — Despite the best efforts of two St. John Valley fire departments, a Cross Lake home was destroyed by fire on Thursday morning. (Courtesy of North Lakes Fire and Rescue)

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