Bangor Fire Department, state fire marshal’s office investigating garage blaze

Posted Oct. 08, 2013, at 5:47 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 08, 2013, at 9:03 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Fire Department, the Bangor Police Department and the state fire marshal’s office are working to determine the cause of a fast-moving fire Tuesday that destroyed a garage belonging to a Lincoln Street property owner.

The fire, which began shortly before 5:30 p.m., was reported by a passer-by, Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Cyr said early Tuesday evening.

Cyr said it was not clear how the fire began, noting that the structure, which abuts Buck Street, was not connected to a source of electricity. He said investigators are focusing on the part of the building that had the heaviest damage.

Cyr said that the owners, Jack and Lisa Chan of 94 Lincoln St., indicated that the garage was insured.

According to Cyr, the garage had an upper level and was being used for storage. It contained old mattresses and bicycles, among other things.

Mike Dyer, general manager of the Cross Insurance Center, which is located across Buck Street from the garage fire, confirmed Monday evening that Bangor police had asked him to look into whether video surveillance footage is available.

Monday’s garage fire was the second in Bangor to prompt an investigation in recent weeks.

Assistant Fire Chief Rick Cheverie said last week that investigators have determined that a garage fire at 345 Hancock St. on Sept. 27 involved a human element. Bangor police are seeking a person of interest in connection with that fire, which melted siding and broke windows on three nearby apartment buildings.

Cheverie estimated damage to the three apartment buildings at between $75,000 and $100,000.