A Norway Woman Allegedly Set the Fire that Destroyed her Home
A Norway woman is charged with arson for a fire that destroyed an apartment building on Saturday.
Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says Katrina O'Connor, 29, is charged with arson for a Saturday afternoon apartment house fire. Members of the Norway Fire Department were called to the fire on Deering Street at 1:35 Saturday afternoon. Fire officials say it was a difficult fire to extinguish and took several hours. They were finally able to gain control just after 5:30.
Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office were called in to investigate at approximately 2:00 Saturday afternoon. The multi-unit dwelling on Deering Street was determined to be a total loss.
An investigation into the fire led officials to arrest O'Connor, who lived in one of the building's five apartments and charge her with arson for allegedly setting the fire. At the time, only two of the apartments were being rented. Fire officials say the other tenant was able to escape unharmed.
O'Connor was taken to the Oxford County Jail, where she's being held without bail. Officials have not released how the fire started or any motivation for the arson charge.
We'll update this story as more details become available.