Investigators determine fire in Etna was set intentionally

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted March 19, 2009, at 11:25 p.m.

ETNA, Maine — An investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that one of two structure fires earlier this month in Etna was set intentionally.

The fire at issue, which began around 1:30 a.m. March 8, destroyed a vacant house at the intersection of Routes 2 and 143, Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said Thursday.

York said that because of the extent of fire damage investigators have been unable to determine what caused a second fire early Monday morning that destroyed another building, also vacant.

Etna Fire Chief Walter Gibbons said this week that both of the buildings belonged to Wes Leighton of Holden.

The second fire was reported at 2:22 a.m. Monday, Gibbons said. It destroyed a two-story building located at 391 Stage Road, which is across the street from the fire station.

Gibbons said that Leighton was using that building, which formerly housed an automotive repair shop and a store, for storage.

York declined further comment on the investigation, which is still under way.

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