FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — Firefighters from three towns spent nearly eight hours Wednesday evening working to extinguish a blaze that the fire chief said was “nearly a fatal.”
Fire Chief Paul Durepo said Thursday that his department received a call at 4 p.m. Wednesday of a fire at 277 Presque Isle Road.
The property was home to Roger’s Auto Repair. When firefighters arrived, a building on the property, which was separate from the auto body shop, was on fire. Roger York, the shop’s owner, lived in the building.
“A passer-by noticed the fire,” the chief said Thursday. “Mr. York was asleep inside the building. The passer-by ran inside the building, woke him up and got him out of there. He was very lucky because this was nearly a fatal fire.”
Durepo said that the building did not have smoke detectors.
Firefighters from Presque Isle and Limestone joined the Fort Fairfield crew at the scene.
“When we got to the scene, the roof had collapsed and fire was billowing out of the windows and doors,” he said. “We had to attack it from the outside. It was pretty much a total loss.”
The chief said that the below-zero wind chill was an obstacle in fighting the fire.
Durepo said that firefighters were on the scene until midnight.
He said the building was valued at $15,000 and was not insured.
York is now staying with a relative.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Durepo said the State Fire Marshal’s Office has not been called.