June 06, 2020

2 fires probed at Limestone

LIMESTONE — Two fires of suspicious origin on the Noyes Road in Limestone were investigated Wednesday by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Total damage resulting from the two fires was estimated at almost $25,000 in farm machinery and buildings, according Paul Taggett of the Limestone Fire Department. No injuries were reported, Taggett said.

The first fire was reported at about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at a barn filled with farm equipment owned by Glenn Bell. The fire destroyed the building, which contained an expensive seed-potato cutting machine, tires and potato barrels, according to the department spokesman.

Investigators estimated the amount of damage to the equipment at $22,750. The building was valued at $1,500, according to Taggett. A machine shed adjacent to the barn received an estimated $1,000 in damages.

Meanwhile, a fire started at a well house on the former Howard Nichols farm now owned by Greg Smith of Presque Isle. The fire caused an estimated $100 in damages, according to Taggett.

The latest fire is the third fire on that property in the last year. A year ago, a historic barn on the property burned to the ground. Earlier this year, the house was burned. Both fires were considered to be of suspicious origin, investigators said at the time.

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