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Investigations yield cause for Derby fire

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 24, June 12, 2002

DERBY After a month of investigation, the Department of Conservation's Maine Forest Service Rangers have determined the cause of a fire in Derby last month that consumed over an acre of land near the Bangor and Aroostook's maintenance shops.

Forest Ranger Jim Downie said local investigations have determined that the fire was ignited by sparks from a vehicle's malfunctioning exhaust system near an area where the railroad usually bums their debris.

Through investigations from Brownville Forest Ranger Gary Cook, it was determined that the flames "escaped the from the field to an enormous pile of ties."

Before the fire was extinguished, thirteen fire departments and the forest service were called in to assist. According to Cook, the B&A has accepted full responsibility for the fire and are making efforts to pay all fire costs.


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