Fire that levels shed, damages home intentionally set

By Ben Holbrook | May 08, 2014

Stockton Springs — The State Fire Marshals office said two fires that occurred at a residence on Route 1 in Stockton Springs were intentionally set.

Stockton Springs Fire Chief Harry Patterson Jr. said firefighters responded to the first fire at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7. When crews arrived on scene, a 12-by-12-foot shed was fully engulfed in flames, Patterson said.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames and save an adjacent home on the property, he said. The shed was destroyed and the home sustained minor heat damage.

After crews cleared the scene and had left the fire station at 11 p.m., Patterson said a second fire was reported at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, May 8, at the same Route 1 property.

The home is located at 386 U.S. Route 1.

The fire started in the front portion of the home, which is vacant, and crews were again able to extinguish the blaze in a short amount of time. Patterson said the fire caused only minor damage to the home. Sgt. Ken Grimes of the fire marshal's office said the fire started on the porch and front entryway portion of the home.

Grimes said both fires were intentionally set and are still under investigation.

Patterson said no one was injured while battling the fires and Stockton Springs did not request additional help from other town departments.

 

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