Fire crews battled a wind-whipped fire Friday afternoon that destroyed three businesses on Industrial Street in Presque Isle.

The Presque Isle Fire Department responded shortly after 1:00 p.m. to a fire that started in a welding fabrication shop at 32 Industrial Street. Firefighters arrived to find the roof of the building already collapsed. Presque Isle Police blocked off the street as thick smoke billowed through the area.

Crews from Mapleton, Castle Hill and Chapman, Easton and Caribou were providing mutual aid. Emergency responders were contending with temperatures that plummeted to around 15 below and wind chills near -40.

The building, which housed M & M Welding & Sheet Metal , LaJoie Electric and Control Service Inc, and Pete’s Performance Auto was destroyed in the blaze. Firefighters remained on site until around 4:30 p.m. There were no injuries reported.

The State Fire Marshall's Office has ruled the cause of the fire to be accidental.

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