Bath man charged with arson of former hospital, considered suspect in 3 other fires

Posted July 15, 2013, at 12:07 p.m.
Last modified July 15, 2013, at 5:18 p.m.
Allan Vigil
Courtesy of Two Bridges Regional Jail
Allan Vigil

BATH, Maine — The state fire marshal’s office on Sunday arrested a Bath man and charged him with setting fire to the former Bath Memorial Hospital building. Investigators continue to probe whether the man is also responsible for three other recent fires in the city.

Allan Vigil, 21, remained in Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on Monday afternoon, held on $5,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned early this week.

Vigil is charged with setting a July 4 fire at the former Bath Memorial Hospital building on Davenport Circle, Sgt. Ken Grimes of the state fire marshal’s office said. He is a suspect in three other fires, including two on Sunday in a Dumpster at the Bath Area Family YMCA on Centre Street and a July 1 fire behind the public works garage on Oak Grove Avenue.

Mary MacMaster, lead investigator for the fire marshal’s office, arrested Vigil on Sunday at his home, according to Bath Police Chief Michael Field.

Field said Officer Ted Raedel identified Vigil in the area of Sunday’s Dumpster fires, “but we couldn’t connect him at that point” to the other fires.

But Raedel’s information was enough for MacMaster and Detective Marc Brunelle to interview Vigil at his home Sunday night. Based on that conversation, MacMaster charged him with arson.

Field said he’s relieved to have a suspect in custody for at least one of the arsons. No one was hurt in any of the fires, but each could have been much more dangerous than it turned out to be, he said.

“At the landfill, someone allegedly threw a propane tank — like for a gas grill — into the fire,” Field said. “Thankfully, nobody got hurt.”

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Vigil had been charged with arson in all four suspicious fires. He was charged with one count of arson and the other three remain under investigation.

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