State probes Medway blazes

Posted Nov. 16, 2009, at 9:57 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:09 p.m.

MEDWAY, Maine — Firefighters were called Sunday night to two adjacent fires, one of which gutted an abandoned home, and a state investigator said Monday they are being investigated.

“Anytime you have two buildings side by side catch fire and they don’t have power to them,” it raises questions, said Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. “I don’t like to use the word suspicious. It’s an active investigation.”

Firefighters from Medway were alerted about 8 p.m. Sunday to a fire in an abandoned home near 988 Medway Road (Route 157), Assistant Fire Chief Brian McLaughlin said Monday.

The back side was in flames when fire crews arrived, he said. “We immediately called Madawaska and East Millinocket for mutual aid.”

Another abandoned house next door caught fire, but there was minimal damage to that structure, York said.

It took 20 to 30 minutes to knock down the fire, but hours to ensure that it was extinguished, he said.

“There was a lot of digging and cutting holes in walls and rafters,” he said. The burned structure’s “front side has smoke and water damage and the back side is completely gone.”

No injuries were reported, and Medway fire crews returned to their station around midnight.

Anyone with information about the fires can call the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 626-3870.

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