ST. ALBANS, Maine —- The town of St. Albans has been hit hard by structure fires so far this year, as crews battled their fifth since the start of 2013 on Friday morning, a fire official said.
“We haven’t had this many in five or six years,” said Fire Dept. Chief Jason Emery. “It’s just crazy.”
Just before 5 a.m. Friday, firefighters were dispatched to a house on Ross Hill Road, Emery said. When crews arrived, the house was completely engulfed in flames. No one was hurt.
“It was a very frustrating fire,” Emery said.
The chief said crews had trouble reaching the scene, as Ross Hill Road is a narrow dirt road that was coated with ice and snow. Emery said it was snowing at the time, and there wasn’t much firefighters could do upon arrival.
“It was gone before we even got there,” the chief said. “Our biggest issue was the narrow road, and having it being slippery.”
The man and woman who called the two-story house home managed to get out before the fire spread thanks to working smoke detectors, Emery said. The chief added that the cause and origin of the fire will likely not be determined due to the nature of the damage.
It took firefighters from St. Albans, Corinna, Pittsfield, Hartland and Dexter nearly three hours to get the fire out, Emery said. The couple had insurance on the house, he added, and they’ll be staying with relatives and friends in town.
“They have the resources so they should be fine,” Emery said.