Maine Man Charged with 6 Counts of Arson

May 20, 2011

A 56-year-old Maine man has been charged with six counts of arson for allegedly setting a string of fires in his hometown of Acton.

The state fire marshal’s office said two fire investigators arrested John Hogan III on Thursday upon his release from Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, where he had been undergoing evaluation since the day of the fires.

About 75 firefighters from departments in Maine and nearby New Hampshire responded to the fires the night of April 27. The fires destroyed two seasonal houses, a pontoon boat, an SUV and a shed, while damaging a third house.

Hogan is being held at the York County Jail in Alfred.

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