It’s the third major fire in the Fort Kent community in less than two years. A devastating fire at GB and D farms Potato Warehouse on Thursday night.
“It’s hard on everybody..words can’t express it,” says Denis Pelletier, partner at GB and D farms.
The fire broke out around 7:30, thankfully no one was inside at the time, but the building and the hundreds of thousand dollars of equipment inside were destroyed, though three trucks were saved. GB and D farms is a multiple generation family farm..community members are saddened by this loss.
“They work really hard in the potato harvest and the potatoes and in the firewood business..and its too bad that it goes up real quick and things happen like that,” says business owner Steven Daigle.
The building belongs to the town but George Pelletier was leasing it and in the process of buying it. Four other fire departments assisted the Fort Kent fire department in battling the fire – and the extreme cold didn’t make it any easier.
Chief Endee says, “it’s very taxing on the firefighters, everybody gets cold and it’s taxing on our equipment.”
Senior Investigator with the State Fire Marshals Office Tim Lowell said the investigation into this fire is ongoing but they do know the fire originated by the loading dock near electrical panels and a wood fire furnace. Adding onto the list of major fires in the area Town Manager Don Guimond says it’s just another curveball.
“I mean it gets discouraging, there’s no way to minimize that it just does…but there’s been good activity as a result of the other fires with the rebuilding of Valley Auto, now Valley motors..but there’s a can do spirit there always has been in the community,” says Guimond.
Of course one day later this family doesn’t know what they’ll do next.
“It’s hard to wrap our heads around it..hopefully in a couple days we can decide on what we’re going to do,” says Pelletier.
Chief Endee says because of the extensive amount of damage done, its unlikely they’ll ever know the cause. Pelletier adds that he and his family are thankful for all the firefighters that helped out last night.