WASHINGTON, Maine — An armed man forced his way into a home in this Knox County town around 9:45 p.m. Thursday and scuffled with the mother of three children before setting the house on fire, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.
Police still are investigating the incident and are working with the woman to get a detailed description of the man and a chronology of events, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.
According to a press release from the department, the man wore dark clothing, a ski mask and gloves and held a gun. The woman was home with her three children when she saw the man. It is unclear who instigated it, but the woman and the man had a physical quarrel and the woman suffered minor injuries, McCausland said. Then the home’s smoke alarms began to ring and the man took off.
The woman drove herself and her children to a neighbor’s house and called in the fire, which the State Fire Marshal’s Office since has classified as arson. The fire started in the basement of the Bill Luce Road home, where it caused heavy fire damage. The rest of the one-story ranch-style home had smoke damage.
The woman and her three children are safe, McCausland said.