WATERVILLE, Maine — A Waterville man is facing an arson charge after fireworks he was setting off set fire to a garage across the street from his home, police said.
Donald Fencik, 62, is being held at the Kennebec County Jail on $25,000 cash bail, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said. He could spend up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the Class A charge.
Waterville police and firefighters responded to 2 Paris St. shortly after midnight Sunday when it was reported a garage was on fire, Rumsey said. The fire did not spread to the attached house.
Waterville police Officer Kyle McDonald stated in his report that a witness stomped on the fire and doused it with water, Rumsey said. Black burn marks were on the sides of the garage but it was otherwise not damaged.
The state fire marshal’s office was called in, and along with Waterville police, determined that Fencik was responsible for starting the fire, Rumsey said.
Fencik was taken into custody at his residence Monday evening and charged with arson, Rumsey said. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 30.
Many fireworks became legal in Maine last year, but Rumsey said the use of fireworks is prohibited within Waterville city limits.