PEMBROKE, Maine — State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas said Tuesday morning it could be days before any determination is made as to the cause of a fire Monday morning that destroyed this Washington County community’s First Baptist Church.
“There’s pretty much nothing left,” Thomas said Tuesday. “Most of the church is in the basement, and now that’s filled with water, given the weather. We’re interviewing people today who are familiar with the building and know where the utilities came into it. We’ll have to get some heavy equipment in and dig things out as part of the process of eliminating accidental sources.”
The fire at the 1865 church building on Liberty Hill Road was reported just before noon Monday. Volunteer firefighters from Pembroke, Dennysville, Perry, Pleasant Point and Charlotte went to the blaze.
Pastor Gary Kinney said Tuesday that the church’s congregation, which last Sunday numbered 32, will meet Wednesday evening at his home near the church to discuss next steps.
“The church was insured,” Kinney said Tuesday. “If the members want to, I presume we’ll rebuild. You tend to blame yourself. I’ve done a lot of work on that building over the past 27 years, and I find myself wondering if it was something I did wrong.”
Kinney said he now is trying to determine where services will be held for the time being.