Three juveniles may have set a couch on fire Monday at the old Striar Warehouse on Shore Drive. The couch was destroyed, but there was no damage to the building, Orono Fire Capt. David Martin said Monday. Orono police found three juveniles outside the building just before the smoke was spotted, the fire captain said. “We don’t know whether they’re involved in the ignition or not,” Martin said. Martin noted that human element likely would be needed to start a fire in the building. A State Fire Marshal’s Office investigator was on scene later Monday, and authorities were interviewing one of the juveniles at the police station, Orono police Sgt. Scott Wilcox said. The 57,000-square-foot warehouse at 5 Shore Drive had been used for storage and production by the Striar Textile Mill. Its brick facade has started to crumble in places, and the windows are boarded up. Five police departments were called to the site in 2003 to break up an all-night rave party attended by more than 100 people. The site also is often a hangout for teens, according to neighbors. Martin wasn’t sure what time the call came in, but crews were on scene sometime before 4 p.m. Orono and Old Town rescue crews responded to the call, while Veazie fire crews stood by at Orono’s station. No one was injured in Monday’s incident.
Correction: This article ran on page B3 in the State and Coastal editions.