Officials: Fire in Madison that destroyed 3 downtown buildings was arson

Posted March 15, 2012, at 12:16 p.m.

MADISON, Maine — State fire marshal’s investigators say the fire that destroyed three buildings in downtown Madison earlier this month was arson.

Sgt. Ken Grimes said Wednesday that the March 6 fire was set intentionally outside at the back of the buildings at the basement level.

He did not say how the blaze was started and did not say whether there are any suspects.

The Morning Sentinel reported that it took about 60 firefighters from Madison and eight surrounding communities several hours to douse the blaze in three connected buildings. An antiques store being renovated was in one of the buildings. The power had been turned off and the fire was reported at about 10:30 p.m. when no one was inside.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

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