April 23, 2019
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Fire at historic Fryeburg fairground blamed on electrical malfunction

Brewster Burns | AP
Brewster Burns | AP
Firefighters work Wednesday to extinguish a fire that destroyed two buildings and damaged several others at the historic Fryeburg Fairground. An accidental electrical malfunction is believed to have caused the massive fire, a state fire marshal's office investigator said.

FRYEBURG, Maine — The Maine fire marshal’s office says the blaze that destroyed two buildings and damaged several others at a historic fairground was accidental.

Fire investigators said Wednesday that the fire at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds was caused by an electrical malfunction inside a sheep barn.

The sheep barn was engulfed in flames when first responders arrived around 7 p.m. Tuesday. The fire spread to a nearby cattle shed, and both buildings burned to the ground.

No animals or people were injured. Damages are estimated at $500,000.

The fairground is home to the state’s largest agricultural fair, which is a tradition that dates back 160 years.

Fair officials say the annual event will still happen in the fall.

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