Maine Communities Fear More Arsons

March 8, 2011

Firefighters in three Down East Maine communities say they’re warily gearing up for spring and what they fear will be a resurgence of arson fires.

Officials say that over the past two years nearly 100 arson fires have struck the Perry, Pembroke and Robbinston area, burning vacant homes, barns and fields.

Perry Fire Chief Paula Frost says the departments are getting ready because as soon as the snow melts “they’ll be burning stuff up.” She says “everybody is on edge.”

Sgt. Tim York of the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office tells the Bangor Daily News two investigators have been assigned to the area. He’s hoping that area residents who might have information will help investigators find the people responsible.

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