Fire marshal remains focused on person of interest in Limestone apartment fire

Posted Dec. 19, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

LIMESTONE, Maine — The state fire marshal’s office continues to investigate a suspicious fire that broke out at a Limestone apartment building on Dec. 5, displacing 20 people from their homes for several days.

Tim Lowell, senior investigator with the agency, said Thursday that he remains focused on a “person of interest” in the case. No one has been arrested at this point and the investigation continues.

The blaze began just before 3:30 a.m. at 23 Main St. and was extinguished by the Limestone-Loring Fire Department after two hours. The exterior of the building was not damaged, but several apartments sustained smoke and water damage. After the fire, some residents were able to return to their apartments to salvage property.

Lowell said that the fire began in the kitchen of a first-floor apartment but he could not reveal an ignition source or say whether the person of interest lived in the apartment complex due to the ongoing investigation.

The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross put the 20 people who were affected by the fire up in a Caribou hotel for four days and provided food, clothing and other assistance until they were able to move back into the Limestone apartment complex.

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