Rebuilt fire department damaged by another fire
Old building gutted by fire in January 2012, new building suffers fire damage to attic
A fire in Rogersville has damaged a new fire department and municipal building that was built to replace the old one gutted by fire last year.
Firefighters were called to the building around 11:13 a.m. Saturday with reports that smoke was seen at the top of the building.
Fire Chief Marc Pitre said crews quickly extinguished the fire that was smoldering in the building’s attic in the community hall portion of the building.
"When we got here [the fire] was smoldering and burning inside the attic, and we vented and put it out and just cordoned off everything, we don’t know how it started," said Pitre.
"We just want to make sure that all our bases are covered, make sure we do it by the book because, really, this new building shouldn’t have caught fire. So we don't know exactly what’s going on."
The cause of the fire and cost of the damage is not known.
Pitre said crews were able to put the fire out quickly.
"Like the other fire, we were in shock, I think everybody’s mind is starting to calm down again. There was just disbelief again. There wasn't really any panic. I’m really proud of the guys that we stayed focus and we shut the fire off," he said.
He said the modern construction of the new building helped to keep the fire from spreading.
The building — which was set to house municipal offices, the RCMP station and the town’s fire department — was built to replace the previous structure that was destroyed by fire on Jan. 9, 2012.
The 2012 fire was a big loss with the department losing three of its newest fire trucks, valued at about $1 million.