POLICE BEAT

Bowdoinham woman may have set herself on fire

Posted Sept. 27, 2011, at 3:34 p.m.

BOWDOINHAM, Maine — The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department has turned over investigation of a woman who reportedly set herself on fire Friday night to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Chief Deputy Brett Strout said Monday morning that Deputy Adam Baker went to a Post Road residence at 9:50 p.m. Friday after a report that a woman had ignited herself. Also responding was Richmond police Officer Doug Bellevue.

When they arrived, the officers smelled fumes and saw smoke, according to Strout.

“They made contact with a woman at that residence who had significant burns about her body, but she was conscious and able to talk,” Strout said.

Emergency medical technicians also went to the scene and the woman was taken to Maine Medical Center by North East Mobile Health Service.

Strout said the Sheriff’s Department called the Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate the incident. Another person has been interviewed about possible involvement in the case, and the Fire Marshal’s Office continues to investigate.

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