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UMaine police seeking two males suspected of setting fire

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Orono Firefighters and University of Maine officials spread out across a field on Rangeley Road on the University of Maine campus after two subjects were seen setting fire to the field on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine public safety officers are seeking two males who are believed to have set a small fire in a campus field early Thursday afternoon.

The fire was discovered about 2:10 p.m. in a field off Rangeley Road, across from Bangor Savings Bank, by two electricians employed by the university, UMaine spokesman Ron Lisnet said.

The electricians, who saw smoke and stopped to investigate, put the fire out themselves, Lisnet said, adding that the fire burned a patch of dry grass measuring about a foot or 2 in diameter.

The electricians described the suspects as being white males in their late teens or early 20s, Lisnet said. One was wearing a brown Carhartt jacket and the other was wearing a gray sweatshirt, he said.

The two last were seen running toward Talmar Wood Apartments, which has an entrance drive on Rangeley Road, he said.

Anyone with information about the incident should call UMaine’s Public Safety Department at 581-4040.

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