Fire Chief Arrested on Arson Charge

Old Orchard Beach fire burned more than 40 acres


The Maine Fire Marshal's office arrested the Old Orchard Beach fire chief early Saturday morning and charged him with setting a fire that burned more than 40 acres three weeks ago.

Ricky Plummer, 59, was arrested at 2 a.m. Saturday and charged with one count of arson.

More than 100 firefighters from southern Maine fought the April 15 fire in the Jones Creek Marsh.

About a dozen investigators from the fire marshal's office and the forest service, acting on warrants Friday, seized computers at the Old Orchard Beach fire station and seized Plummer's town-owned car and his cell phone.

Plummer was arrested in Scarborough and taken to Cumberland County Jail, where he is being held on $10,000 bail. His arraignment will likely be scheduled next week.

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