Almost Isle Man charged with arson outside Litchfield, Maine Store

A nearly Isle-area man has been charged with arson in connection with fires that were allegedly started outside a store/gas station in the town of Litchfield, Kennebec County, late Thursday evening.

The Litchfield Fire Department responded at around 11.45pm to reported fires in bins near Gowell’s Shop n’ Save petrol pumps on Richmond Road. The store was closed at the time and the fires were put out before there was any major damage or a life threatening situation.

Investigators from the state fire marshal’s office also responded to the Litchfield store. The investigation determined that the two trash cans and nearby grass had been deliberately set on fire, according to a press release from Shannon Moss of the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Police arrest arson suspect at scene of Litchfield fire

Officials believe Robert Bowring, Jr., 39, of Près Isle (formerly of Ashland) was responsible for starting the fires. He was taken into custody at the scene without incident early Friday morning, Moss said.

Bowring has been charged with three counts of arson and is being held in Kennebec County Jail.

The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine Forest Service, and the Maine Attorney General’s Office assisted the Office of the Fire Marshal during the investigation.

This article will be updated as we learn more.

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