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Two arrested in connection with string of Old Orchard Beach fires

Posted March 20, 2012, at 12:01 p.m.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — Two men have been arrested in connection with a string of arson fires in Old Orchard Beach.

The fires were reported in the early morning hours of February 28. The first was reported near some railroad tracks shortly before 4 a.m. Crews were later called to a local cafe that was damaged by fire. Other fires were put out in a trash can and between two cabins.

No one was hurt but the owner of the cafe says the fire at his place cost up to $50,000 in damage.

Police tell WCSH-TV that 22-year-old Thomas Tanner of Old Orchard Beach and 19-year-old Michael Gagne of Hollis are being held on $30,000 bail each on charges of arson and criminal trespassing for allegedly living in a hotel illegally.

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