Police say holiday’s vehicle fire deliberate

Posted Jan. 05, 2009, at 9:37 p.m.

BUCKSPORT, Maine — The fire that destroyed an on-duty police officer’s vehicle on New Year’s Eve was set, according to state fire officials.

“This was a human-element fire,” Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said Monday. “It remains under investigation.”

Because the incident is under investigation, York said he would not discuss how the fire was started.

Bucksport Police Officer Matt Cyr was on duty at about 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve when his small 1989 dump truck was set on fire in the parking lot of the Public Safety Building on Franklin Street.

According to the Fire Department report, it appeared the fire had been smoldering for a while. A Bucksport firefighter was driving past the building and first noticed the fire.

The Bucksport Fire Department, located in the same building, responded to the call and doused the fire quickly, but the vehicle was heavily damaged, according to York.

The Bucksport Police Department is working with the State Fire Marshal’s Office in the investigation.

Bucksport Sgt. Sean Geagan said the department has video footage from New Year’s Eve showing the outside of the Public Safety Building. Geagan said investigators would review the video in connection with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the Bucksport Police Department, 469-7951.

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