Lewiston firefighters battle two fires

Posted Aug. 12, 2010, at 5:44 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A lightning strike caused one fire here while the cause of another is undetermined.

Sgt. Joel Davis says it’s unknown what started the fire at the warehouse portion of Jay’s Small Engine & Appliance at 70 Holland St. early Wednesday. According to the owner, Jay Rodrigue, the building housed products and trucks for his adjacent business. No one was in the building at the time and there were no reported injuries.

The warehouse abuts a rail line right-of-way that has seen several fires, including cases of suspected arson, this summer. Railroad ties were set ablaze near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge and behind the Salvation Army on Main Street, while firefighters have also have had to confront a series of small woods fires at nearby walking trails.

WMTW-TV says a lightening strike sparked the fire at the Bates Mill buildings near the corner of Canal and Chestnut streets on Tuesday around 11 p.m.