June 22, 2018
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Probe of Millinocket fire continues

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

MILLINOCKET, Maine – A Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office investigator continued to work Thursday to determine what started a fire that destroyed a shed and pickup truck on Iron Bridge Road the day before.

“There is information that we are looking into before we make any conclusions,” Investigator Tim Lowell said Thursday.

He declined to comment further.

The fire at 103 Iron Bridge Road was reported about 4 a.m. Wednesday after a neighbor who heard several muffled explosions and saw the blaze called 911. Owner Arnold Batchelder and the other occupants of the residence were outside the house when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters doused a venting propane tank to keep it from exploding.

The fire appeared to have started at the rear of the shed. Heat and debris from the approximately 12-by-15-foot wooden shed melted and then ignited the front end of the pickup truck, which was described as a mid- to late-1990s model GMC. The truck was about 15 feet from the shed. The engine compartment and dashboard were destroyed, firefighters said.

Acting Fire Chief Thomas Malcolm complimented the crew of 13 firefighters who handled the incident for keeping the flames from spreading from the shed to the residence. Siding on the home melted due to the heat before the fire was doused.

No injuries were reported.

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