Perham shop heavily damaged by fire

Posted May 10, 2011, at 7:08 p.m.

PERHAM, Maine — A machine shop in Perham was heavily damaged during a fire Tuesday afternoon.

Washburn Fire Chief Troy Heald said in a written statement Tuesday that the fire was reported just after 1 p.m. Crews arrived at Perham Machine, which is owned by Mark Malnichuck, to find it fully involved.

Heald said it took crews about a half hour to contain the blaze. Other structures on the premises, including Malnichuck’s residence, were spared.

Heald said the fire was caused by a woodstove in the shop.

The property was not insured, and damage was estimated at between $50,000 and $75,000.

Washburn received assistance from fire departments in Caribou and Mapleton. Members of the Maine Forest Service and workers with Maine Public Service Co. also assisted with the effort.