Apartment resident arrested in Biddeford arson

Posted Nov. 17, 2010, at 5:03 p.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A local woman has been arrested on arson charges in an apartment fire that left 13 people homeless.

The state fire marshal’s office arrested 28-year-old Nicole M. Howe on Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say Howe started the Nov. 9 fire with newspaper on the porch of the apartment she shared with her mother.

The fire destroyed the 10-unit building. No one was hurt.

Howe was arrested in a motel where she was staying with her mother.

She was being held at the York County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. Officials don’t know if she has a lawyer representing her.

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