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Fire that destroyed Maine potato plant was accidental

March 31, 2022 GMT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A fire that destroyed a potato processing facility was accidental, investigators said.

But the cause of the fire that destroyed the Penobscot McCrum facility is still undetermined due to the extent of the damage, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

The March 24 fire didn’t injure anyone but led to road closures, evacuations and a shelter-in-place order.

The facility employed 138 people. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has said the state will come to the aid of the employees as well as the company and the city.

The McCrums are a multi-generational potato farming family dating back to the 19th century.