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Orono fraternity house fire remains under investigation

Susan Young | BDN
Susan Young | BDN
Students huddle outside the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity on College Avenue in Orono after being evacuated due to a fire in the building Friday evening.
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — Charges have yet to be filed in connection with a small fire that damaged a University of Maine fraternity house on Friday night, authorities said.

Officials have gathered a list of people who were present at the time of the fire, but it is still unclear if anyone will face criminal charges, Orono fire Lt. Scott Luciano said Monday morning.

The fire at the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity displaced approximately 15 students, and has been ruled an arson.

Luciano said officials were still in the process of conducting interviews on Monday, and the state fire marshal’s office has ruled the fire to be an arson.

Nobody was injured in the fire, which was contained to the attic of the College Avenue fraternity house.

Luciano said the students probably won’t move back into the fraternity house this semester, given the heavy water damage and the fact the semester is nearly over.

Some of the displaced students have found places to stay and the American Red Cross is also assisting those in need.

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