June 18, 2018
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Investigator looking for cause of Presque Isle fire that left 10 homeless

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — An investigator with the Maine fire marshal’s office is on the scene Monday after a Sunday evening fire heavily damaged a Main Street apartment complex, leaving at least 10 residents homeless.

The fire was reported just after 5 p.m., according to Capt. Vince Baldwin of the Presque Isle Fire Department. The building is located between Rite Aid and Governor’s Restaurant.

Baldwin said the fire appears to have started in one of the second-floor apartments, but he was not sure Monday morning which room of the apartment.

There were eight apartments in the building with about 10 residents among them, he said.

All occupants got out safely and firefighters rescued two pet cats from an apartment, Baldwin said.

Twenty-six firefighters from Presque Isle were on the scene for five hours with mutual aid from the Caribou and Easton fire departments.

By Sunday evening all of the displaced occupants had been connected with representatives of the Red Cross, according to Baldwin.

Danielle Hardrae, an American Red Cross response manager based in Bangor, said Monday morning that three agency responders were at the scene Sunday night working with Transformations Ministries of Presque Isle to help any of the occupants who need food, shelter or clothing.

“We assisted two residents last night and we are following up with everyone else today,” Hardrae said, adding most of the occupants were staying with friends in the wake of the fire. Two were placed in a hotel through Red Cross efforts.

Anyone who may need assistance after the fire or who would like to donate to the American Red Cross may call 207-941-2903.

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