Cause of fire at Caribou florist shop undetermined

Posted Jan. 13, 2014, at 3:25 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 13, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — An investigator from the state fire marshal’s office said Monday that the cause of a blaze that ripped through a 40-year-old business in Caribou on Jan. 9 could not be determined.

Sgt. Tim York of the state fire marshal’s office said that there was so much damage resulting from the fire at Phil’s Florist and Greenhouses on Washburn Street that investigators were unable to determine a cause. He said the investigation has concluded.

Phil’s Florist and Greenhouses caught fire sometime before 9 p.m. on Jan. 9, according to Caribou Fire Chief Scott Susi.

He said Friday that a passing motorist called the fire department after noticing flames flickering inside the windows of the business, which included a store and attached greenhouses.

More than fifty firefighters from five communities spent more than four hours extinguishing the fire, which destroyed a portion of the store but left the greenhouses standing. The fire burned until 1:30 a.m. Jan. 10.

The business opened in Caribou in 1974. The original owners sold it to the current owners, David and Patty Corriveau, in 2006, according to the store’s website.

Susi said that the Corriveau family had insurance. The Corriveaus could not be reached for comment Monday.

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