Fort Kent blaze destroys business and 2 apartments

FORT KENT, Maine — Volunteer firefighters from three departments battled a fire Friday evening that destroyed a Fort Kent residence housing two apartments and a local business. 

All occupants of the building, which also housed a large garage at 99 Charette Hill Rd., escaped without injury, Fort Kent Fire Chief Ed Endee said. 

Nick Theriault, the owner of the building, operated a paving and asphalt business out of the garage, NJT Paving LLC. 

Eighteen Fort Kent firefighters responded to the scene at 10 p.m. Friday along with three engines, a tower ladder, rescue and squad vehicles.

Frenchville Fire Department and North Lakes Fire Department provided additional manpower and tankers. 

The firefighters cleared the scene around 1:40 a.m. Saturday and returned later Saturday morning to extinguish some hot spots lingering in the remnants of the building. 

The cause of the fire is not yet known, pending an investigation by the Maine Fire Marshal.

A fundraising effort is underway to help those affected by the fire. 

This story will be updated. 

A Fort Kent building housing a business and two residences was a total loss to a Friday evening fire. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

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