Fan likely caused Fort Fairfield fire

Posted March 08, 2011, at 9:07 p.m.

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — The chief of the Fort Fairfield Fire Department said Tuesday that a malfunctioning fan most likely started a fire that caused approximately $20,000 in damage to a Cheney Grove Road business.

Fire Chief Paul Durepo said that Sunday’s fire at Boralex, an electrical power generation company, summoned firefighters from four towns, including Fort Fairfield, Caribou, Presque Isle and Limestone. Approximately 40 firefighters spent three hours at the facility.

No one was injured as a result of the fire.

Employees working at the facility spotted smoke and flames and contacted the Fire Department.

Durepo said that when firefighters arrived, they saw dust and sawdust on the third and fourth floors of the facility in flames. The fire had spread to some electrical equipment.

The chief said that he believes a fan at the facility malfunctioned and helped spread the flames into nearby areas. There will be no further investigation.

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