Fire that damaged Raymond Hill Baptist Church was arson, police say

Posted July 27, 2011, at 9:29 a.m.
Last modified July 27, 2011, at 1:30 p.m.

RAYMOND, Maine — The Maine fire marshal’s office says a blaze that damaged a small church in Raymond was arson.

Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety said Wednesday a half-dozen fire marshal investigators and a federal investigator from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been at the scene of the fire at the Raymond Hill Baptist Church.

The church, built in the 1830s, was saved from destruction by firefighters who arrived after the blaze was reported at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Tupper says crews were able to salvage some documents from the church that were 200 years old.

Investigators say anyone who saw activity around the building or vehicles parked nearby are asked to call the state’s arson hot line at 888-870-6162.

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