Presque Isle Officials Say Sunday’s Apartment Fire Not Arson
Investigators in Presque Isle say they do not suspect that a fire that occurred over the weekend at an apartment building on Main Street was the product of arson.
On Tuesday afternoon, Presque Isle Fire Chief Darrell White announced that even though there is still an ongoing investigation into what caused a blaze that ultimately left 10 residents without a place live on Sunday evening, investigators have not uncovered any evidence that suggests that the fire was the result of foul play.
White says he is almost certain that a cause will be determined by the state fire marshal by Wednesday. “We do not believe it was any intentional element at this point,” he said. “There has been no evidence of that.”
However, preliminary reports suggest that the fire that started around 5pm on Sunday at the Main Street apartment complex between Rite Aid and Governor’s Restaurant began on one of the second-floor apartments. Luckily, all of the residents, as well as two pet cats that were living in the complex, made it out of the building safely.
In total, some twenty-six firefighters from Presque Isle along with support from Caribou and Easton spent five hours taming the blaze. All of those displaced by the fire have been assisted by the Red Cross with temporary living arrangements.