June 23, 2018
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Fire at Aroostook State Farm in Presque Isle knocked down quickly

By Julia Bayly, Special to the NEWS

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Quick response from the Presque Isle Fire Department is credited for minimal damage from a fire at the Aroostook State Farm on Saturday morning.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Adam Ryder, the fire began on or near a tractor parked in the farm’s machine shop at 59 Houlton Road.

“The origin of the fire was a tractor, and the fire spread up through the [building’s] roof,” Ryder said Saturday afternoon.

A passer-by noticed the smoke and called the fire in at 10:50 a.m., and members of the department were on the scene four minutes later, Ryder said.

“It was a quick knockdown,” he said. “It was a fast control time, and it could have been a lot worse.”

While the tractor was a total loss, Ryder said, there was minimal structural damage to the machine shop.

The shop was unoccupied at the time, though Ryder did say there were people working around the building.

State Fire Marshal’s Office officials were called in to investigate the cause of the fire, which remained undetermined as of Saturday afternoon.

Ryder said the cause did not appear to be suspicious.

Twenty members of the Presque Isle Fire Department responded to the call with mutual aid support from the Mapleton and Easton departments.

No injuries were reported.

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