A small blaze in the rear of Hall & Knight’s Hardware Store caused an alarm at Box 36 to be rung in Sunday afternoon at 3:45 o’clock. No damage of any importance was done and the flames were quickly extinguished. Levi Wade, a teamster hauling dirt from the canal, while driving up Canal street noticed a blaze in a lot of old wooden boxes and wood work which was piled near the road and up against the basement window of the store. He immediately went into Hutchins’ stable and telephoned for the chemical. The cause of the fire is a mystery but it rather thought it caught from the stub of a cigar.

50 Years Ago, 1954

The Priscilla Theater on Pine Street, which has been operating only on week ends, will be closed for an indefinite period after Sunday night, it was reported yesterday by Manager Roland J. Provost. It has been rumored for some time the theater, owned by the Maine and New Hampshire Theaters chain, might close. Provost said the length of time the theater remains closed will depend on conditions within the film industry.

25 Years Ago, 1979

The Auburn Mall officially opened this morning as hundreds of people literally ran to the entrance following a short ribbon cutting ceremony. By late morning, most of the parking lot, which was designed to hold 1,766 cars, appeared to be nearly full. Mail security officers were on hand to guide motorists through the maze of traffic islands near the Auburndale entrance, as well as to assist drivers throughout the lot. Auburn police by late morning reported traffic in the area was moving smoothly.

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