Comments for: Fire destroys Fort Kent auto dealership

Posted Oct. 03, 2012, at 9:16 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 04, 2012, at 10:07 a.m.

FORT KENT | For the second time this year, a major fire has destroyed a downtown business. Crews from seven departments responded to the fire at Valley Auto GMC dealership on West Main Street Wednesday around 9 a.m. and found the structure totally involved. By 10:45 a.m., an excavator …

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  • Wow. That place is great.Hope it is not a total loss. Would really hurt Fort Kent if it was.

  • Anonymous

    Wow.  Hope everyone got out ok. 

  • Anonymous

    And I just made an appointment to have the oil/filter changed and a tire rotation.
    Going to plan Bravo.

  • PabMainer

    Wow, very serious fire….thanks for the pics…..I hope all are well and firefighters are safely working…..sorry for the owners & employees……

  • I would not want to breath any of that smoke.

  • Anonymous

    Sad to hear.. Thats a major business to have it occur at..

  • Anonymous

    Wife called me and said everyone got out safely.  

  • Anonymous

    Listening to the scanner and they have called in an excavator so that tells me the building is a total loss..  There’s 8 or more fire departments from the surounding towns on scene.. So far there’s no report of any injuries,, prayers for the firemen and firewomen… 

    The town paper has a bunch of photos posted >> http://www.fiddleheadfocus.com/content/another-major-fire-fort-kent

    • PabMainer

      Thanks for the update & link…..

  • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      Oops!  Sorry… Someone else (boww8t) already posted a link to the photos.  

    •    Great photo work. A picture is worth a thousand words.

    • Kevin_Of_Bangor

      Awesome photos. Thanks for the link.

  • As of right now, we have heard its most likely a total loss. This is likely going to hurt Fort Kent. It hasn’t even been a full year since the fire that destroyed three buildings down the road on main street. Prays to the people of Fort Kent and all the people in the area.

  • Anonymous

    Glad no one was hurt.  You can rebuild buildings, but people are hard to replace.

  • Anonymous

    What a loss. The photos at the fiddlehead focus link are amazing. That was a huge complex and to see people trying to save whatever they can is heartwarming.   sounds like no lives were lost, thank goodness.

  • It’s great to see how the community pulls together for the greater good – good luck to the owners in their rebuilding!  Just a small note to say that the site was formerly “Etscovitz”, not “Escovitch”. 
    Keep up the good work!

  • Anonymous

    Not a bit surprised by the way citizens of Ft Kent jumped in to help rescue everything they could from the buildings and the car lot.  That’s just the way they are – thinking of friends, neighbors, and community first!

    • Anonymous

      Precisely what I was thinking – typical county response!   Always willing to help anyone, even strangers.   No questions asked.  The owner has a great attitude! 

  • Anonymous

    Cheers to Carl for keeping a positive outlook. Glad everyone is safe.

  • Anonymous

    I feel bad for the mechanics. The loss of all their own tools means they can’t even work on their own cars and trucks while the dealership is rebuilt. I’m glad the owner had insurance and is planning to rebuild. A miracle no one was hurt. 

  • Stanley MacArthur

    I bet if this was in Bangor people would have just stood around and watched. Stories of community involvement like this make me proud to say I’m from the county

    • Kevin_Of_Bangor

      In Bangor the police and fire dept. would not allow anyone else to get near the fire so your statement is pointless.

      • Anonymous

        Right :-/

      • Anonymous

        i hope if i am ever trapped in a burning building it is in the County and not Bangor

        • Kevin_Of_Bangor

          So another person without proper training, no protective turnouts or SCBA can become trapped with you?

          • Anonymous

            the owner is back in business today thanks to good-hearted people who ignore political correctness and saved his inventory of cars. it is called doing the right thing, he didn’t ask them to do it, they just did it.  a sense of community is something you urban dwellers just don’t get

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            Well not long ago I and a group of others helped save the life of a man who was drunk, stole a mini-van and crashed into a tree at a high rate of speed. A group of us pulled this man from a burning vehicle and saved his life.

            None of us that night cared that he was a common thug who had stole a vehicle. Us urban dwellers just saw a man who was going to die if we didn’t take action.

            Nobody asked me or anyone else that night to risk their life, we just did it. There was a huge sense of community in Bangor the night a group of strangers came together and saved a mans life. We all did the right thing because we are good people with good hearts. So yes, in Bangor we know plenty about sense of community in a time of need.

            http://bangordailynews.com/2012/08/24/news/bangor/man-rescued-from-burning-van-after-stealing-vehicle-crashing-it-police-say/?ref=polbeat

            c ralston08/24/2012 04:16 PM in reply to Kevin_Of_Bangor

            I really want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you, i know my brother has some problems and has been making some bad decisions but because of you i will not bei flying to maine for a funeral. 

            Poor video but video none the less.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCEQOivRHJ8&feature=youtu.be

          • Anonymous

            thats the way it should be. i commend you for your actions

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    It’s amazing that they saved so many of the cars.  It’s very sad that this business went up in flames. It will be a hardship for many for a while. These “valley” people always come back from their catastrophes.  It’s bred into them….they care for their neighbors as they care for themselves.

  • Anonymous

    What a great community response.  Glad that nobody got hurt and that they were actually able to move inventory and other stuff to safety.  I’m sure they will come back bigger and better than before.  I’m a Ford guy, but heck, I’d be tempted to go and purchase my next truck from them.

  • Anonymous

    no sprinklers??

    • Anonymous

      probably grandfathered !

  • ya, it this was in bangor, there would be a whole lot of burnt cars, tires, merchandise, and important documents.

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