FALMOUTH - The two fires that occurred early Monday morning in Falmouth were both intentionally set, according to the State Fire Marshal. In a release, State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, Falmouth Fire Chief Mark Sullivan and Falmouth Police Chief Edward Dunne made the join announcement that the fires were the work of an arsonist.
The fires occurred about a half hour apart. The first fire was set at 12:50 a.m. at the Fabric Corner at 12 Spring Bars Road. The building and business were destroyed in the fire. The second fire was set at the Dollar Tree at 7 Davis Straits around 1:20 a.m. That fire, which was across the street from the first fire, was controlled by fire sprinkler heads, according to the release. Investigators know the person who set the fire broke through the Dollar Store's glass front door.
The fires are being investigated by the Falmouth Police and Fire Departments and State Police assigned to the State Fire Marshal's Office. During the investigation, authorities will determine if the fires were the work of one arsonist or multiple suspects.
Anyone who may have seen or heard anything around the time either fire was set is asked to call the statewide arson hotline at 800-682-9229. Calls may be made anytime of the day or night and will remain confidential.
The state's arson hotline is part of the Arson Watch Reward Program which provides rewards of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the solving of arson cases.