Fire investigators probe Machias restaurant shed blaze

Posted March 20, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office were scheduled Thursday to visit the scene of a fire that caused heavy damage to a utility building at the McDonald’s restaurant in Machias.

The restaurant is located on U.S. 1 in an area with other nearby businesses and shopping centers, and flames and smoke pouring from the shed quickly drew onlookers Wednesday afternoon. The building, used to store supplies, is located a short distance from the restaurant.

The fire appeared to have originated at the rear of the shed, Don Hicks, a Machias Fire Department dispatcher, said Thursday. The building was considered a total loss, he said.

Several propane tanks are located immediately behind the building, and firefighters who responded to the scene shortly after 5 p.m. attacked flames from the rear of the shed in order to prevent them from spreading toward the tanks.

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Firefighters attacked the flames from three sides and brought the blaze under control after about 30 minutes.


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