PALMYRA, Maine — An electrical fire in the roof of Lovely’s Motel prompted a seven-town response Friday night, but the blaze was extinguished within minutes without any injuries.
“Because of the size of the motel and amount of occupancy, we wanted to make sure we had plenty of manpower,” said Newport Fire Chief Jeff Chretien. “It sounded a lot uglier than it was.”
A Newport police officer and Maine state trooper, who arrived on the scene minutes before the firefighters at about 10:30 p.m., “knocked it down pretty good” with a fire extinguisher, said Chretien. Lovely’s Motel is near the intersections of Routes 2 and 11 in Newport, just off Interstate 95.
The fire was in a newer, two-story portion of the motel. Chretien said there was only one guest in that side of the building, but that all the guests were evacuated from their rooms for about an hour. An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause of the fire to be electrical, said Chretien, who added that the newer portion of the motel would be closed until it is examined by an electrical inspector.
In addition to Newport, crews from Corinna, Pittsfield, Detroit, St. Albans, Dexter and Plymouth responded to the alarm.