Potato storage shed on fire in Fort Kent

Posted Jan. 23, 2014, at 10:08 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 23, 2014, at 11:49 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — Departments from multiple towns were at the scene of a major fire Thursday night east of downtown Fort Kent.

According to firefighters at the scene, the fire at the packing shed on Pump House Road, just off U.S. Route 1, began around 7:30 p.m. and spread quickly throughout the building.

Firefighters from Fort Kent, North Lake, Frenchville, Eagle Lake and Clair, New Brunswick, were contending with temperatures around minus 6 degrees Farenheit and at least one truck had to return to the Fort Kent fire station to thaw its lines.

According to officials at the scene, the shed housed a quantity of potatoes belonging to Fort Kent farmer George Pelletier.

Firefighters also spread water on several nearby businesses, including a small-engine repair shop, to prevent the fire from spreading.