Fire destroys P.I. snowmobile clubhouse

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 25, 2009, at 7:02 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — An early afternoon fire of undetermined origin destroyed a building owned by the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club off State Park Road on Saturday.

According to a release issued by Presque Isle Fire Department Deputy Chief Richard Wark, flames from the structure were visible as firefighters approached and the building’s roof was collapsed when they arrived.

Forty firefighters responded to the alarm from the Presque Isle department, with mutual aid supplied by the Easton and Mapleton fire departments at the scene.

The crews faced snow and temperatures hovering around 15 degrees below zero as they initially concentrated on preventing the fire from reaching a 250-pound propane tank.

Crown Ambulance Service also responded to the alarm, providing medical coverage and a place for firefighters to warm up.

According to Wark, two firefighters suffered minor injuries in fighting the blaze. Crews remained at the scene until 6:30 that evening.

The building was vacant at the time of the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation.

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