Investigators have arrested a Unity, Maine, man in connection with a mobile home fire on Dec. 22, authorities announced Wednesday.
Authorities arrested 38-year-old Derek Creasy after executing a search warrant at an apartment building located at 369 School Street. They also searched a 2009 Toyota Camry, which was transported to August for further inspection.
Creasy was charged with arson and attempted murder. He was transported to Waldo County Jail.
According to an official statement released by Maine State Police, the state Fire Marshal's Office has had a presence in Unity for a majority of the past week. It has been assisted by Waldo County Sheriff's Department and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
A second fire that occured at 30 Turner Street and a third fire that occured at the United Methodist Unity Church remain under investigation.
Firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at United Methodist Church at 29 Depot Street Tuesday around 6 p.m. While they were able to fully extinguish the blaze and no one was injured, the building sustained heavy interior damage, News Center Maine reported.
According to Centralmaine.com, firefighters were able to save a 150-year-old Bible, which suffered minor water damage.
“Our crews did a phenomenal job to get it knocked down and save what we saved,” Unity Fire Chief Blaine Parsons, said according to the publication. “There’s heavy smoke and fire damage throughout the inside of the church. It was actually a really good save for an old building.”
The fire at the church was the latest in a rash of fires in the small Maine town that remain under investigation.
The other fire under investigation occurred at a mobile home located at 30 Turner Court.
The first of the two fires there was reported at approximately 5 a.m. on Dec. 22. Firefighters returned to the same address four days later at 6:30 p.m. for the second reported blaze.
Anyone with information about these fires are asked to contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 207-624-7076 and ask to speak to Sgt. Joel Davis.