Cops: Maine fire chief set blaze fought by 100 firefighters

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a Maine fire chief intentionally set a grass and marsh blaze that was fought by more than 100 firefighters and led to evacuations.

State police say Old Orchard Beach Fire Chief Ricky Plummer was arrested on an arson charge at around 2 a.m. Saturday over an April 15 fire that burned 42 acres at the Jones Creek Marsh.

Police say investigators on Friday seized computers at the fire station and in Plummer’s official vehicle. They also took Plummer’s cellphone.

The 59-year-old Plummer was arrested at his mother-in-law’s Scarsborough home.

He was taken to the Cumberland County Jail. His bail was set at $10,000.

Town manager Larry Mead says Plummer has been placed on administrative leave. The fire department called it a “personnel issue” and declined to comment.

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