JAY – No one was injured in two weekend fires that temporarily displaced a resident and an auto repair business. In both blazes, firefighters were able to contain the damage.

About 60 firefighters with 14 trucks from six departments fought a fire Saturday morning at T & L Auto on Crash Road. The blaze was reported at 8:41 a.m. by Larry Melcher Jr. who had been working on a vehicle, Jay Fire Chief Brian Shink said.

The fire started somewhere in the boiler room, he said, but the cause remains undetermined.

State fire investigator Tim York was called in to try and determine the cause, Shink said.

The blaze burned some of the rafters in the boiler room and some in the main part of the roughly 40-by-60-foot garage, he said. Firefighters hauled water in tankers from International Paper’s hydrant system to near the scene and pumped it up Crash Road to the fire site, Shink said.

The fire was under control in about an hour, he said. The garage, owned by Terry O’Donnell and Melcher, was insured, the chief said.

In a separate fire Sunday, Robert Lee was frying doughnuts on a stove at his home on Barb Ridge Road about 4:06 a.m. when a blaze broke out. Lee had left the room and came back to discover the kitchen on fire, Shink said.

The blaze spread from the frying pan to the wall and cabinets, Shink said.

About 20 firefighters from Jay, East Dixfield and Wilton responded to the North Jay fire.

Firefighters had it under control in about 20 minutes, he said. They had to pull down the ceiling in the kitchen, he said, to get at hot spots.

The kitchen was gutted, he said, and Lee was temporarily displaced from his home. Shink didn’t know if Lee was insured, he said.

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