Fire at store in Derby, no injuries reported

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NEWPORT — A fire broke out at True Value Rental in Derby yesterday, prompting an investigation by local and state authorities.

At around 5:30 a.m., the Derby Line Fire Department was called after reports of a blaze.

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Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames in the attic of the True Value rental building.

The fire was successfully extinguished without any reported injuries.

The Farmyard Store will remain open as normal, as that building was not involved in the fire, the store posted on Facebook. They say the equipment rentals will merge with Newport Rental Center as this building will be rebuilt, and the precast and pipe will still be available for both delivery and pick up in the yard.

Derby Line Fire Chief Craig Ellam subsequently requested assistance from the Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit (FEIU) to help determine the origin and cause of the fire.

FEIU investigators conducted a thorough examination of the scene, noting extensive damage to the structure, including a collapsed roof.

An estimate of the damages has not yet been provided.

While the investigation is ongoing, the cause of the fire remains undetermined, and there is currently no indication of criminal activity being involved.

Detective Sgt. Clark Lombardi of the Derby Barracks urges anyone with information about the incident to come forward and contact him at 802-334-8881.

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