The state fire marshal’s office says a fire that burned several businesses in downtown Milo early Sunday morning was arson.
Investigators says the fire started underneath a rear stairway on the outside of the building that housed Hobknobber’s Pub, then spread to four other buildings.
Investigators say the pub wasbroken into before the fire started around3:30 a.m. Sunday. They say they have questioned a person of interest, but now arrests have been made.
Five businesses were damaged and at least a third of the town’s downtown area was burned. The fire spread fromthe Hobknobber’s Pub building toother buildings thathoused a hardware store, a game room/billiard hall, a closed flower shop, an abandoned movie theater and some apartments.
There were no injuries reported. Firefighters from at least 10 towns were called to put out the blaze. Milo is located in Piscataquis County about 20 miles northwest of Bangor.
The governor said specialists from Department of Economic and Community Development will be sent to Milo to help the town and businesses recover.