RANGELEY – It was a race against growing flames in Rangeley. Fire crews from numerous departments had their hands full with a massive blaze at the Saddleback Ski Resort.
Buildings at the “Rock Pond Condominium Complex” caught fire around 4 p.m.Tuesday.
Fire Chief Tim Pellerine released a statement that said one of the units was fully involved in fire when they arrived and the flames were spreading to other condo units.
To make matters worse, the hydrants on the mountain had frozen and water had to be trucked in to help douse the flames.
The fire was finally brought under control last night, but not before it did an estimated $800,000 in damage. Two condo units were destroyed, but fire crews managed to save the rest.
Chief Pellerine says no one was injured, “Just some cold, tired, aching, sore firefighters and a couple of frozen fire trucks.” he said.
Maine State Fire Marshals will now try to determine the cause.
The resort hasn’t been open for more than a year and a local group has been working to raise money to buy the facility. A spokesperson said yesterdays fire will not get in the way of that effort.
PICS COURTESY RANGELEY FIRE AND RESCUE