April 23, 2018
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Investigators determine Bangor garage fire caused by arson

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Firefighters hit hotspots on a structure that cought fire on Buck Street in Bangor Tuesday evening.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A fast-moving fire Tuesday that destroyed a garage belonging to property owners on Lincoln Street was intentionally set, an investigator with the state fire marshal’s office said Wednesday.

Sgt. Tim York said that the fire has been ruled an arson and remains under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office, the Bangor Fire Department and the Bangor Police Department.

The blaze, which began shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, was reported by a passerby, Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Cyr said.

Cyr said it was not clear how the fire began, noting that the structure, which abuts Buck Street, was not connected to a source of electricity. He said investigators are focusing on the part of the building that had the heaviest damage.

The owners, Jack and Lisa Chan of 94 Lincoln St., indicated that the garage was insured, he said.

According to Cyr, the garage had an upper level that was used for storage and contained old mattresses and bicycles, among other things.

Mike Dyer, general manager of the Cross Insurance Center, which is located across Buck Street from the garage fire, confirmed Monday evening that Bangor police had asked him to look into whether video surveillance footage is available.

Monday’s garage fire was the second in Bangor to prompt an investigation in recent weeks.

Assistant Fire Chief Rick Cheverie said last week that investigators determined arson was the cause of a Sept. 27 garage fire at 345 Hancock St. Bangor police are seeking a person of interest in connection with that fire, which melted siding and broke windows on three nearby apartment buildings.

Cheverie estimated damage to the three apartment buildings at between $75,000 and $100,000.

On Wednesday, York said that investigators have no reason to believe that the two garage fires are connected.

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