February 19, 2020
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State investigating fire at Solon factory

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a suspicious fire at a vacant factory in the town of Solon in Somerset County.

The fire at the former Solon Manufacturing facility on Ferry Street was reported just after noon Sunday, and by the time firefighters arrived the second floor of the building was in flames, according to Solon Fire Chief Ronald Brown.

Brown said it appears that the fire was set intentionally.

“We had the fire marshals there and they found quite a few things,” Brown said Sunday night.

Sunday’s blaze was the seventh fire at the factory in recent years. At least two or three of the other fires also appeared to have been set intentionally, although Brown said he is not aware of any prosecutions from those incidents.

The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. There were no injuries. Crews from Bingham, Madison, East Madison, Anson and North Anson assisted the Solon Fire Department at the scene.

Four fire marshals and a dog were at the factory Sunday afternoon conducting the investigation, Brown said.

Solon Manufacturing once employed about 500 people at its facilities in Solon, Skowhegan and New Hampshire, according to previous news reports. The company made ice cream popsicle sticks and other wooden products at its plants. The Solon plant closed in 2003 and Skowhegan followed in 2005 when production was con-solidated at a Wisconsin plant.

Solon Manufacturing, which is still in business, no longer owns the vacant factory in Solon.



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