Bath police arrest man in connection with fires

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BATH — Two dumpster fires on Sunday led to police arresting a man they believe also set a July 4 fire at a Davenport Circle child-care center.

No one was injured in the Bath Area Family YMCA dumpster fires, which were quickly extinguished, according to police. After Bath Fire Department Capt. David Hudson found the fires were set intentionally, investigator Mary MacMaster of the state fire marshall’s office was contacted.

Meanwhile, Bath Police Officer Ted Raedel searched the area and found “a person of interest,” according to a police press release.

With information from Raedel, Bath Police Detective Marc Brunelle and MacMaster went to the Bath home of 21-year-old Allan Vigil, who they interviewed and then arrested on a charge of arson.

Damage from the July 4 fire at Family Focus, 2 Davenport Circle, was contained to a single room, although water damaged other areas of the building, Sgt. Ken Grimes of the state fire marshal’s office said at the time.

Anne Pappas, office manager at Family Focus, said afterwards that “we had a slight interruption” the day after the fire, but that “we were back full-steam on (July 8).”

Three days before the Family Focus Fire, Bath firefighters also responded to a debris fire at the city landfill.

Vigil, who was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset and was to be arraigned Monday, has allegedly been connected to all four incidents, according to police.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.