Firefighters douse remnants of suspicious fire in Calais

Posted July 18, 2012, at 3:57 p.m.

CALAIS, Maine — Because of an early morning flare up, Calais firefighters returned Wednesday to the scene of a fire they had knocked down on Monday.

With the help of fire crews from St. Stephen, N.B., and Baileyville, Calais firefighters responded at 6:30 a.m. and spent an hour dousing the remnants of a fire first reported at 5 a.m. Monday, July 16, in an unoccupied two-story structure at 76 Swan St.

Calais Fire Chief Dale Purton said Wednesday that the original fire caused “substantial” damage.

Purton said his department was unable to determine the cause of Monday’s fire, but said Wednesday that state investigators have deemed the fire “suspicious.”

Purton said there were no serious injuries at the fire scene among those responding.