FORT KENT, Maine — A Fort Kent family was left homeless Monday evening after a fire ripped through their home.
The home, which was owned by Ricky Babin, was located on East Michigan Settlement Road.
David Pelletier, chief of the Fort Kent Fire Department, said the fire broke out at the one-story structure shortly before 8:14 p.m.
The chief said Babin lived at the home with his wife and child. They were not home at the time of the fire.
Pelletier said the back of the home was in flames when firefighters arrived.
“The extreme cold made it much harder to fight the fire,” he said. “The nearest water source was five miles away, so there was a lot of shuttling of water back and forth.”
The home was demolished. Pelletier said he is not sure whether the family had insurance.
The cause of the fire is unknown and the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called, according to Pelletier.
The family is staying with relatives.
The department received mutual aid from departments in Frenchville and in St. Francis, New Brunswick, and Clair, New Brunswick.