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October 28, 2012

Police Log: Oct. 28, 2012 — Structure fire

MALONE — Crews were called to a fire Oct. 27 in an abandoned building that once housed a school.

Malone Callfiremen Chief Brian Gokey said fire broke out at about 8 a.m. on College Avenue at an abandoned building that previously served as the Harrison School near North County Community College. 

He said that upon arrival smoke and flames were seen in one of the building’s 10-by-10-foot rooms. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before making a quick knockdown of charred debris in the heavy timber structure that required extensive ventilation.

Crews later worked to do salvage and overhaul at the site, opening up walls and the ceiling to ensure no further fire extension was inside.

Gokey said the fire would have had to be set intentionally as the building did not have electricity at the time of the fire.

He suspects children or vagrants who sometime frequent the location may be to blame for the blaze.

Members of the Bangor and Westville Volunteer Fire Departments assisted the Callfiremen, and Moira firefighters were asked to standby at the Malone station but were not called out.

Gokey said his department was back in service by 10:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

— Compiled by Staff Writer Miranda Orso

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