Fires in Norway and Fryeburg destroyed buildings Thursday evening and early Friday morning.

The Norway fire occurred around 1:45 a.m. in a mobile home at 239 Harrison Road. The property was owned by Archie Downing and rented by Charles Hubbard, who was away at the time.

Chief Michael Mann of the Norway Fire Department said the building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived and was later declared a total loss.

At 3 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire at a NAPA Auto Parts store on Main Street in Fryeburg. The business was owned by Alan Emery and Chris Canfield, and the building was owned by Alan’s brother, Barry Emery.

“The back half was fully involved when I arrived, and there was heavy smoke coming out the front,” said Chief Ozzie Sheaff of the Fryeburg Fire Department. “Our biggest efforts were to save the buildings on both sides of it.”

Sheaff said the building was a total loss, and estimated damage at about $1 million. He said two residents in a neighboring building reported the fire and left their building, which was undamaged. Another neighboring building’s siding melted.

Investigators from the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office were examining the sites of the fires on Friday.

Mann and Sheaff said they did not believe the fires they responded to were suspicious.



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